From our diarist Anthea Kreston:
There’s the previous joke, an individual stops somebody on the road in New York Metropolis, and asks “How do I get to Carnegie Corridor?” – the reply, in fact, is “Follow, Follow, Follow”. This week, I ask myself the same query – “How do I get to Juilliard?“ The reply is similar, “Follow, Follow, Follow”, however that’s simply the tip of the iceberg – 99% of the burden – the monetary burden – looms dangerously beneath the floor. Between that candy second when the acceptance letter is acquired, and the scholarship (or lack thereof) is introduced there’s a tense ready interval. Hopes are up – the butterflies in your abdomen once you understand “I received in!” are blended with a deep pit in your abdomen “what’s going to this do financially to my household, to my very own future – will the advantages outweigh the sacrifice to us all?“
The price of attending Juilliard is astronomical. Everyone knows this, and know that there are good, stable causes that that is the case. A big, state-of-the-arts campus within the coronary heart of Manhattan, school whose names roll off the tongue with familiarity, the possibility to make connections which can lay the muse for the long run, the identify itself – which, in sure elements of the world no less than – carry their weight in diamonds. It’s the worth we pay – all college students who’ve labored onerous sufficient their complete lives to be admitted to Stanford, Harvard, Juilliard. The following determination, nevertheless – the monetary determination – creates some extent of no return – it is going to be the second, whether or not the choice is “sure“ or “no“, which an individual will confer with for his or her complete lives, when touring ahead of their careers and lives. Sure or No.
When the younger Macedonian violinist, Aleksandar Ivanov, was getting ready so diligently for his Curtis audition a few months in the past, it appeared clear that his household, academics, and the entire of Macedonia was rooting for him. He labored himself to the bone, and though he didn’t get in, he advised me he had by no means felt higher – he felt supported, inspired, and extra snug than he may have each hoped for through the audition. It was the expertise he had hoped for. And he’s sensible. He didn’t put all of his eggs in an unattainable basket – that gleaming row of mansions in central Philadelphia – free for these accepted. He auditioned at quite a lot of different faculties. Weeks later, he messaged me – nice information – he had been accepted into Juilliard! Now the wait – if this had been Curtis, the reply would have been clear, however for a college like Juilliard, with a price ticket rivaling the Ivy Leagues, scholarship may imply the distinction between a dream come true and a dream without end obscured.
His preliminary scholarship was superb – over half of the tutoring. Two extra rounds of appeals, with supporting letters and paperwork, proved fruitful. A four 12 months, almost 75% scholarship. That’s unbelievable. $35,000 of $47,000. On prime of that, a required $17,900 for room/board (first 12 months), and no scholarship will be provided for that. So – $29,900 per 12 months. For these of us from rich nations, or nations which supply loans or scholarships, which have an infrastructure for future musical employment, that is doable. For an individual from Macedonia – it’s virtually as doable as single-handedly defeating the Evening King in fight (thanks, Arya Stark).
As chances are you’ll know, Macedonia is an extremely poor nation. It’s on the backside of the wage scale for former Yugoslavia – the common wage for a full-time worker is 439 per 30 days. Each of his dad and mom work, and their mixed wage doesn’t attain $1,000. His complete metropolis of Skopje, and actually the nation, views Alek as one in every of their hopes for the long run, the hopes for his or her nation. He’s liked and supported. However, sadly, with such a poor nation, the assist they’ll supply is barely their time, expertise, and hope.
With out extra assist, Alek has no hopes of having the ability to attain to this point exterior of his world. His nation may help with $1,000 per 12 months, an unlimited quantity for them. He has been scraping collectively bits of monetary assist, to chip away at this iceberg.
Why would an individual resolve to go to Juilliard after they may go to different, cheaper however wonderful establishments? As a result of he can be the primary Macedonian violinist to attend. As a result of the identify speaks to everybody, and this may open alternatives for him not like different faculties. Most of the time, after concert events, viewers members will ask me if I went to Juilliard. I say – no – I went to Curtis. Clean stare. It’s in Philadelphia. Clean. It’s a small music college the place Lang Lang went. Oh – that’s attention-grabbing. Why didn’t you go to Juilliard?
Right here is my query to you, the reader. I ask you to think about this particular particular person, and the particular place he’s destined to carry within the musical world – for his nation, the Balkan states, for himself as an inspiration to different to indicate what onerous work below troublesome conditions may end up in. Alek is a kind of people destined to make a mark on this world. He’s effervescent and hard-working, inventive and passionate. He’s additionally in between a rock and a tough place.
Would you want to assist to chip away at his iceberg? Assist him with dorm prices, meals, tuition? I’m going to, as are a few of my buddies. I talked to him in regards to the American manner – how he can invite his sponsors to concert events, particular occasions and to lunch within the cafeteria. He’ll create somewhat membership – one thing the place he tells us of his progress, his journey.
He’s, now, submitting paperwork for a doable authorities scholarship. If this goes by (impossible), he must signal a contract that he must work in Macedonia for eight years after college. As well as, it could put his dad and mom in a troublesome political state of affairs, as they might be compelled to turn out to be spokespeople for the federal government. I don’t wish to see him go on this harmful course.
Nmazzurco@juilliard.edu is the contact if you wish to be concerned. Or write to me direct: Geigeberlin@yahoo.com