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Old 07-21-2009, 02:36 AM
Location: Portland, OR
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With all due respect, you are missing the point. None of those outlets are reasonable goals for the o.p., if they were I imagine s/he would know it and this thread would never have been started. Speaking of reasonable, is it reasonable to assume that one will get into a graduate program because they want it? I'm just asking I don't know anything about higher education. And funding? Does that mean scholarships? I think it is reasonable to ask what, exactly, does the o.p. wish to do with their graduate degree?

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Old 07-22-2009, 05:22 PM
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Thanks for all the replies! To address some of the questions: I have talked to my teacher and am highly considering his input, but I also wanted to do some independent research. To be frank, I am looking at doing my master's at a place that pays a stipend and treating it like finding a job. It will be a job, because to get stipends one usually acts as a teaching assistant or something of that nature. I love to play, but I'm not 100% committed to a life of music as my only pursuit, and I'm hoping that getting outside my box and going somewhere new will help me decide what direction to go in. Because of this I don't want to end up somewhere expensive or take out loans, and I'm interested in finding a place where I can explore all kinds of opportunities but isn't quite as competitive as Boston or NY. And no, Leisestrum, just because you want to go to grad school doesn't mean you get to! Especially in music, you have to audition and be admitted to the music school and the university. Having money helps too, but that's not the case for me. Thanks again for all the replies!
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:17 AM
Location: Half Moon Bay, CA
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Default SF all the way

Originally Posted by BLAZER PROPHET View Post
I'm not very knowledgable as to the Portland classical scene, but I do know a violinist who's also trying to break in and she's greatly discouraged. I would suggest Seattle or San Francisco.
I agree, San Francisco is the place to go. The city has a strong classical community with a devoted following united by a great local station (KDFC 102.1). When I go home for the holidays (Boston) I am able to keep in touch with the listener community and enjoy the classical holiday music through online streaming. San Francisco is a wonderful place to pursue a musical career.
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:59 PM
Location: the Beaver State
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University of Portland and PSU both have good classical music programs. My wife graduated from one, and we know people in the other.

But jobs are extremely hard to find. At the top tier you have the Symphony and several smaller 4-10 pieces Orchestras. All of those have extremely low turnover. The only other real option is that just about every city has it's own community based orchestra. But the quality of players tends to be pretty low.
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