Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras

Music in College Information Session Mar. 25


Hear advice and information from three experienced college admissions officers about how to leverage your music interest and experience when applying to college. Whether or not you want to major in music, minor, or simply play in college, you’ll hear everything you need to know to be successful identifying and applying to the programs that are right for you. Presenters have collective experience at Eastman, Michigan, BU, Carnegie Mellon, and Longy School of Music.


  • Types of schools/programs/degrees
  • Double degrees, minors, and non-music majors with musical interests
  • Planning, organizing and applying (how it works when there is an audition for admission, and how it works when there isn’t)
  • Brief overview of financial aid (merit vs need and institutional differences)
  • Career paths
  • Q&A



Shaun Ramsay is VP of Artsbridge, an educational consultancy specializing in performing and visual arts that works with students in summer programs as well as individually on the college admissions process. Immediately prior to joining ArtsBridge, Shaun served as Boston University’s Assistant Director of the School of Music for Admissions and Student Affairs as well as Assistant Director for Recruitment at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. Shaun’s work at Eastman, BU, and his additional experience in both admission and student affairs at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA has allowed him to work with thousands of students applying to college and graduate school, providing him with a keen understanding of professional programs in music and music admission. Shaun has presented widely on specialized admissions and enrollment at professional conferences and school programs, nationally and internationally. Shaun holds a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts and a BM in Applied Music from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

Matthew Ardizzone joined the Eastman School of Music admissions team as the Associate Dean of Admissions in 2009. He is now Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management, overseeing admissions, financial aid and the Registrar. An Eastman alumnus, he was the first guitarist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree (1997) and was also awarded the Performer’s Certificate. Prior to attending Eastman, he received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in guitar performance from Ithaca College. His extensive background as a performer includes numerous concert and festival appearances across North America. He has been on the faculties of Bowling Green State University, Nazareth College, and the Eastman Community Music School. In the summer he teaches guitar for Summer@Eastman: Music Horizons program. He recently presented a session on Recruitment and Enrollment Management with his colleague Laura Hoffman of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the 2016 annual meeting of NASM (National Association of Schools of Music).

A Chicago native, Katherine Drago Luellen is currently the Director of Admissions at Boston University School of Music. Previously she served as Director of Recruitment & Enrollment for Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, Assistant Dean of Admission & Student Services for Longy School of Music of Bard College, and Assistant Director of Admission/Music Admission Coordinator for University of Puget Sound.  Ms. Drago has spent over 10 years performing professionally in opera, concert, and musical theater appearing with the Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Broadway National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera, and many more.  She was most recently seen in the title role of Tobias Picker’s Therese Raquin with Microscopic Opera in Pittsburgh and Mercedes in Carmen with Bay Chamber Concerts. Ms. Drago holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University.  She has been a guest speaker with the Pacific Northwest Association of College Admission Counselors, Decision Desk U, Music Admission Round table, Classical Singer, and Opera America.