I took auditions this year at Eastman, Lousiana State University, and Boston University. I was rejected from Eastman, and accepted to LSU and BU. Next fall, I will attend LSU and as of now, I will not pay a cent towards my education because of the ridiculous amount of money LSU has to offer to music majors. I am flattered and ectstatic about this offer... but at the same time can't help but feel like there is a catch. Friends that attended Tanglewood Institute with me this summer took auditions at a lot of big name conservatories (CIM, Curtis, Julliard, NEC, Manhattan, Mannes, Boston Conservator etc.) and I regret that I did not at the very least take any of those auditions, esp. for NEC and CIM. My grief is that although I have all this money at LSU, I'm a little concerned my experience would not be as intense or focused if I were at a conservatory. The upside is that I could walk out of LSU with a double degree in performance and education and not owe anyone a cent for student loans such. Then I could do graduate work at a conservatory to really prepare myself for a job... but being an impatient 18 year old, I want to be the best player I can as fast as I can, and friends of mine who are attending those top notch schools make me feel that i'm not on the fast track to a job (my ideal job would to play in one of the service bands, pershings own, the commandents own etc.) Anyone with more experience like to share some wisdom with me?