College Craziness Gets Crazier

We had planned to leave home in the early afternoon last Friday for my son’s audition at Boston Conservatory, Berklee. But at the last minute, he received an email from a different university. The message said we had missed the merit-based financial need deadline for Johns Hopkins University (and its conservatory, Peabody Institute) but thatContinue reading “College Craziness Gets Crazier”

College Craziness, Part…whatever

Just when you think it’s over…it’s not. Did I mention that the college application process never seems to end? My son thought he was finished when he submitted his final application, this one to James Madison University. And then he received an email about having to apply separately to the music department and to setContinue reading “College Craziness, Part…whatever”

Winter (Concert) Is Coming

The T.C. Williams H.S. Orchestra concert is coming! Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., we will all be in the high school auditorium to hear the three orchestras (9th Grade, Concert, and Chamber) perform the music they’ve been working on this fall. My son is a first violinist in the Chamber Orchestra, but on one piece, he’llContinue reading “Winter (Concert) Is Coming”

Boston or Busk

In my role as high-school orchestra parent/roadie/groupie, I often accompany groups of violin-toting teenagers as they perform in various venues. One of the activities of the T.C. Williams High School orchestra is busking. Don’t know what it means to busk? Here’s a definition: busk1 /b…ôsk/ verb 1. perform music or other entertainment in the streetContinue reading “Boston or Busk”

College Craziness

Help! It’s college application time. My son tends to wait until the last possible moment to get his applications in, which is increasing the stress levels associated with this whole process. And the stress levels, in any case, are high. So many applications (and application fees) to pay. So many requirements to fulfill, essays toContinue reading “College Craziness”