VIDEO: Students with a music major facing challenges

Northwester student symphony orchestra showcase concert

By Siyuan Du

The classical music industry is facing finance and marketing challenges. Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the top orchestras in the world, ran a small deficit in fiscal year 2014. The situation makes it more difficult for students who graduate with a music major to find a job.

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Now usually thousands candidates compete for one seat in an orchestra based in the Chicago area.  Jennifer Colgan, the marketing manager of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, suggests music majors pursue a diverse background to prepare for different opportunities.


Photo at top: Northwestern University Student Symphony Orchestra showcase concert. (Siyuan Du/Medill)