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Masterclass Series: Getting into College 101

September 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of college applications? Our popular masterclass includes everything you need to know about the music admissions process with a panel of admissions and music school experts from across the country. Hear what they look for in applicants and what you can be doing now to prepare your audition and application.


The Juilliard School
Laura John | Administrative Assistant, Office of Admissions

Laura John has served as the Administrative Assistant in the Office of Admissions at The Juilliard School for one year. In her role, she answers all questions related to the College’s dance, drama, and music application, audition, and admissions processes, communicates with applicants and their families, processes application materials, and manages Juilliard’s campus tours. Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts in Drama at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; before coming to Juilliard she worked for Roundabout Theatre Company, a Broadway and off-Broadway theatre company.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Timothy McGovern | Associate Professor of Bassoon

In addition to his appointment as Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Illinois, Timothy McGovern is currently Principal Bassoonist of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and bassoonist with the Prairie Winds Woodwind Quintet. Timothy has been a faculty member at Indiana University and McGill University. Early in his career, he was Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Delaware and St. Cloud State University. Tours with orchestras and chamber groups have taken him throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has recorded approximately 30 CDs of orchestral, chamber music and solo repertoire with London/Decca, CBC, Albany Records and Zephyr recording companies. Robert Sherman of The New York Times wrote, “Timothy McGovern is quite an extraordinary talent. His playing was indeed consistently musical and compelling: It had expressive warmth, a natural feeling for line and phrase and, when needed, amazing agility.”

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative
Adrienne Thompson | Project Director

Adrienne Thompson leads efforts for Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, a recently-established program for talented student musicians from traditionally underrepresented communities, for which CYSO co-leads with Merit School of Music. Adrienne worked most recently with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed Talent Development Program and also brings twenty years’ experience as a highly-successful high school-level orchestra director in Georgia. Thompson received a degree in flute performance from Chicago’s Sherwood Conservatory of Music (now part of Columbia College Chicago) and has an MBA from Indiana University. In 1968, Thompson became one of the first African Americans to attend Mount Greenwood Elementary School, known as the “Mount Greenwood 7.” Over the years she has helped countless young musicians prepare for some of the most prestigious university and conservatory music programs in the country.


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