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Getting Into College 101

September 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of college applications? Join us for this panel discussion to find out everything you need to know to be an expert at the college admissions process. Hear firsthand what universities are looking for in applicants, how to fill out a FAFSA, and what you can do now to prepare for college. Designed for future music majors and non-music majors alike. Free and open to the public.



Northwestern University Bienen School of Music | Patrick Zylka, Assistant Dean for Admission, Financial Aid and Graduate Services
In his decade in admissions, Mr. Zylka has given presentations on best practices in the field at conferences for the National Association of Schools of Music, the Music Admissions Roundtable, and the Classical Singer Convention, and has spoken on panels in front of future college students throughout the U.S. Mr. Zylka earned a Bachelor of Music degree in bassoon performance from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan.

Oberlin Conservatory of Music | Josh Teaster, Assistant Director of Admissions
Josh Teaster graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Advertising from the University of Tennessee. As an active bassoon player, he subbed with many local symphonies during his time there, including the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Symphony, and Symphony of the Mountains. Seeking to impassion others about music and the arts, he acted as Marketing Assistant for the Knoxville Opera prior to his position at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University | John Huling, Director of Admissions
Mr. Huling spent over 30 years as a professional trombonist after graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music. As a freelancer, he was a regular member of the Boston Pops Orchestra and Boston Ballet before joining the National Symphony Orchestra in 1986. After 22 years with NSO, Mr. Huling became the Executive Director of the McLean Orchestra in McLean, VA and then Director of Admissions at UMass Amherst before taking his current position at the Peabody Conservatory.



6:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction of Panel

6:15 p.m. Panel Discussion

Review the basics on college admissions, the music audition process and learn the terminology. Determine your admissions time line and what you should be doing now to prepare for college. The panel will consist of college admissions officers, financial aid staff and faculty.

7:15 p.m. Open Forum for Questions

8:00 p.m. Reception

After the panel, mingle with other students, parents, and university personnel.


Fine Arts Building, Room 833
410 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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