I *think* this is the right place to ask, if not, please move the thread <_<
So, I'm a senior in high school, and I auditioned at four places over the past year. I was accepted to the studios at Ithaca College (Steven Mauk) and University of Iowa (Kenneth Tse), and was waitlisted at Michigan (Sinta) and Northwestern (Hemke). As of right now, Northwestern is my favorite school (academically, as I've been accepted to the liberal arts colleges at all four and do intend to double major, one in music, one outside), and Ithaca is my favorite of the two where I'm in the studio.
My question is: is the quality of the Northwestern music school (and Hemke in particular) greater than Iowa or Ithaca to the point where I should risk not getting in off the waitlist? And if I do go and do not get in off the waitlist, what's the chance that I'll be able to get in at the beginning of the year/beginning of an academic period/next year, assuming my ability remains the same or increases? (And are there any rumors of Hemke retiring any time in the near future?)
Thanks for any answers/insight anyone can provide.