If college is on the horizon for you, then these valuable words of wisdom from recent college harp graduates should be required reading.
—by Megan Caulkett
As a recent graduate with a Master’s degree from Rice University and a Bachelor’s from Boston University in harp performance, I’ve thought a lot about things I wish I would have known when I started my college search eight years ago. I loved my schools and I like where I am now, but coming from a small town and a non-musical family, I had no idea what I was doing when applying to colleges.
What do I wish I would have known? What do other recent music grads wish they had known? I talked to harpists, instrumentalists, and singers; people who went to conservatories, large universities, and small colleges; people who have orchestra jobs and those who are no longer pursuing music. It isn’t a time machine or a crystal ball, but if you are gearing up for your college search, learning from the experiences of those who just crossed the finish line of the race you are about to run is the next best thing.