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Meeting of the Minds

Have you ever had the feeling that someone is talking about you? Yeah . . . that would be us.

This weekend, the admissions directors of many of the top schools of music will be meeting in Seattle. It is a time for us to discuss ideas about recruitment and admissions and also get to know each other better.

This year, we will be discussing topics such as minority recruitment, the value of college fairs and online recruitment efforts. So here is a question for all of you reading: if you had the admissions directors from schools such as Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, Manhattan and USC, what would you ask? Leave your thoughts in the comments. I plan to bring up any issues with my colleagues and will certainly let you know what they think.

Brown Is Beautiful

The beautiful hills of Southern California

The beautiful hills of Southern California

I’m from Southern California, so I’m allowed to mock it a little, right?

I’ve spent the last three days traveling from Palm Springs to Idyllwild to Los Angeles and now I’m in San Francisco. It’s been a fun trip and I’ve enjoyed seeing a lot of friends along the way. Of course, the real reason I’m here is for college fairs.

The first fair was in Idyllwild. For those of you back in my part of the states, the Idyllwild Arts Academy is the Interlochen of the west. It is an excellent boarding school for the arts with a lot of very talented students. The best part about the Idyllwild fair is the drive. Even though Idyllwild is only an hour from Palm Springs, it get snow in the winter because of it’s high altitude. Let’s just say the road is a little windy.

The road to Idyllwild

The road to Idyllwild

Yesterday we had a fair at UCLA in Los Angeles. This is always an excellent fair. The best part about college fairs for me is the chance to meet new people. I really enjoy answering questions and offering advice to students that are just beginning to look at schools. And in answer to the most common question, yes, it snows in Champaign.

The last fair for this trip will be this afternoon in San Francisco. I leave in a few minutes to pick up counselors from other schools as we all try and get to Cheesecake Factory before the fair starts. This is truly the highlight of our trip.

I won’t be travelling again until next weekend, when I’ll be in Chicago and Interlochen. Let me know if I’ll be able to meet you at either of these fairs.

The Idyllwild fair

The Idyllwild fair