A Performing Arts Student's Chances at Ivy Leagues

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By hibiscus on Sunday, December 22, 2002 - 09:39 pm: Edit

What would an Ivy League or an equally academic-minded college make of an applicant from a performing arts high school? My focus is vocal music, but, unlike many of my counterparts, I give equal attention to my academic studies. Realistically I know that no matter how talented a person can be, succeeding in the music business (and in opera, no less) is incredibly difficult, so I intend to pursue a career in international affairs.

I'm only a sophomore, so I don't have many stats to offer:

Rank: 15 of 846
GPA: 3.933(9th grade; unweighted)
PSAT: 1250 (9th grade)
[I haven't received results for this year's as of yet.]

Current Course Load:
1.) Algebra II/Trigonometry
2.) ADV English 10 (the highest English course available)
3.) Latin III
4.) Concert Choir [Sop. II]
5.) ADV Chemistry (AP unavailable)
6.) AP European History (only AP course available to 10th grade)
7.) Consonance [Sop. I]

+All-County Honors Choir [middle school]
+All-District Honors Choir [middle school]
+Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Woodbridge SHS (high school acceptance) (2001- )
+Women's Concert Choir (2001-02)
+Concert Choir (2002-03)
+Consonance (select women's vocal ensemble) (2002-03)
+All-County Honors Choir [ranked 4th for Sop. II] (2002)
+All-District Honors Choir [ranked 2nd for Sop. II] (2002)
+Virginia Governor's School county nominee (state audition on Jan. 4th, 2003)
+"Meet Me in St. Louis" Eve/Chorus

As a sophomore, All-States, VMEAs, ACDA, and other more prestigious honor choirs are not open to me, and because my school is a performing/fine arts school, competition for plays and musicals is cut-throat.

+Tang Soo Do
-->Best of Test
-->Best of Test (awarded twice)
-->Student of the Year
+Soccer: 5 seasons
+Crew/Rowing (2002)
-->2nd in State (Virginia)
(did not attend Stotesbury/Nationals)

+ASIA Club (2 years)
+Center for Fine and Performing Arts Assoc. (Historian) (1st year of formation)
+Model U.N. (1st year of formation)
+Drama Club
+Latin Club
+Japanese (outside study)
(because of music and sports, this is as many as my schedule permits)

I'm aware I need community service/volunteer hours, but am I at a disadvantage with academic colleges for attending an arts high school (and being half-Asian and half-Caucasian at that)?

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