April 30, 2021
Austrian student, Clara S. joined AIS-Salzburg for her junior year in 2019 in the hopes of studying music in the U.S.A, preferably at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Almost two years later, on March 26, 2021, her dream became true when she received an acceptance of enrollment letter for the fall of 2021 from Berklee. In the interview below, Clara shares her excitement about following her dream and some detail about the process behind applying and getting accepted to her first school of choice. At the end of the interview, you can watch a video interview from the fall of 2020 we had with Clara where she shared her college hopes.
CS: First of all, thank you! The audition process was quite the experience, as both the musical audition as well as the following interview, were conducted on Zoom, which was quite nerve-wracking. I was very nervous until I got to meet the people that actually would evaluate me, who were both so nice that those feelings just went away. I was also lucky to have my mother accompany me, which gave me a lot of security and made it feel like we were just making music together, rather than auditioning for a college. Overall the process was most of all fun, but of course also a bit intense, as I hadn’t auditioned for anything in a long time.
College counselor Jeff Agardy discussing college options with a grade 11 student recently.
CS: I felt really interested in this school because of the array of different genres and music styles present, meaning that I can explore and play with all of those, enriching me as a musician and giving me resources to build strong skills that will assist me in all aspects of the job. I also find Boston to look like a beautiful city and I really like the East coast, making it a great fit for me.
CS: Yes, I still want to study music production! Currently, it looks like my major will be Contemporary Writing and Production.
CS: I cannot fully settle on a genre yet, which is also why I am excited to attend this school, as a wide variety of genres is represented and taught, allowing me to collect different aspects of every one of them and uniting them into a new and captivating sound. Right now I am most interested in RnB, HipHop and Popular music production, as they are what I listen to most in my free time.
CS: I am not sure where I see myself in 10 years, hopefully doing something that makes me happy and fulfills me as an artist and person. I have also had a growing interest in linguistics, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I happen to end up in that field. For now, I’ll just allow myself to explore my options and I am sure wherever I’ll be in 10 years will be the right place for me at that time.
Interview with Clara in the fall of 2020: