The program is invaluable to families and students interested in music who need assistance making informed decisions about their futures. The presentation is most relevant to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors but younger students are welcome, and there will be several representatives of secondary schools specializing in the arts.
Unlike traditional fairs where students visit stations set up by various colleges, this informative session begins with a panel of experts from some of the best programs in the country offering music degree programs. Attending are selection of program types from conservatories, where music is taught primarily or exclusively, to more traditional college programs offering music at a top-quality level along with other academic choices and music focused careers like music therapy, recording and more.
The panel will address questions like which program is best for you, what they cost, what scholarship possibilities are available, who is on the faculty, what is the school atmosphere, and more. After this session which lasts about an hour, students will move on to The Copley Library for a meet and greet at 8:00PM where they may speak one-on-one with representatives from programs that interest them and receive printed information and applications. Students and parents are encouraged to come with questions they would like to explore.
Schools attending this year are Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Rutgers University - Mason Gross Schools of the Arts, SUNY Purchase College, Western Connecticut State University. The two secondary boarding and day schools present are Canterbury School, CT, and Walnut Hill School of the Arts in Massachusetts.
No pre-registration for the College Fair Night is necessary. A handful of residential and day student spaces are still available for Litchfield Jazz Camp’s Session 4 (July 27 – August 1), and very limited space for day students only in Session 5 (August 3 – 8). Apply for camp online at www.litchfieldjazzcamp.com/registration or call 860-361-6285 for details. Support for Litchfield Jazz Camp comes from Connecticut State Department of Education, Spread Music Now, Crystal Rock, RS Berkeley, Connecticut Community Foundation, Les Paul Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Telefunken Elektroakustik, Bank Street Theater, Kelley Transit, Vandoren and Litchfield Performing Arts members.
Photo by Dale Rothenberg.