The Chance of a Lifetime

Scholarship Entrant: Jordan from Tremonton, UT
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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If there had to be one occupation which stood out to me as the epitome of dream jobs, I would turn my attention to the amazing concert directors I’ve seen over the last few years. The chance to have a massive conglomeration of instrumentalists, with a fantastic choir behind them, all fixated on me as their conductor would be priceless.

Acquiring such a position would be quite an ordeal, however. The first step of many would be to attend a university’s music program and spend years and years working my way up to earn a bachelor’s, master’s, and eventually achieve the status of doctor with a PhD in conducting. The main problem with such a pursuit is mainly fiscal. Being able to support myself through all those years will require a sustainable source of income which will allow for my studies to not be impeded by long hours of dreary work. I may have to resort to acquiring a different degree first and pursuing a career in a different field to support my music goals.

Simply becoming a doctor in conducting would not be the end of the journey. The next real step would involve getting my name out there as a conductor. The main tool I would use would be general networking skills — going to conventions and meetings where more prominent conductors attend. Hopefully, I could be in charge of my own choir and gain recognition over time.

Dream job: Concert Conductor. Achievable: Yes.

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