QUOTE(BerkshireMum @ Aug 30 2007, 11:37 PM)
Another sobering thought is that a lot of the musicians you heard are not so much earning as scraping a living from their music. Today's young musicians have such a tough time making a go of it, and have to work really hard teaching as well as performing to make ends meet. The days of walking into an orchestral place (unless you play double bass or something) are over. I think you're much better off as a doctor doing music for fun.
So do I! I think that was rather my point. Also, if I tried to make a career out of classical music I would probably starve, not even scrape a living!
Personally, I can't go to a concert these days without imagining the vast amount of parental money and time that has gone into forming all those musicians! Having spent the last 8 years ferrying my son back and forth to various lessons and concert venues, I feel for all parents doing likewise to foster their child's talents. It's worth it though, in the end, for the sublime sounds an orchestra is capable of.
I ferry my kids to all sorts of things, music being one, chess another. My parents did the same for me, particularly rowing (they ferried me all over Europe and bought boats and oars etc.). Neither I nor my parents expect or expected our children to make a living directly from these particular talents - it's just that you want to see them do "well". If one's child, or anyones child, is fortunate enough to make a career out of such a talent then rejoice for them, as I do. However, I don't mourn their parents money: I think it's terribly sad when a parent only puts out money for their childrens talent in expectation of some sort of career or other direct financial return. There is so little sense of joy in such children.
The returns are not always so direct: I have no doubt that my music, modest though it was, combined with my rowing achievements, helped me stand out from the crowd in applying to medical school. On the one hand, I never earned a penny from rowing. On the other, without rowing I might have carried on down the road I was on to delinquency. I might not have stayed on to do A levels. Without rowing I might never have been in a position to apply to medical school, let alone got in. In that sense rowing has reaped huge financial rewards.
QUOTE(AmandaL @ Aug 30 2007, 11:46 PM)
Another sobering thought. Only 5% of conservatoire graduates will ever have a full-time playing career.
On the one hand, yes that is sobering. On the other hand, in many ways I'm surprised it's as high as 5% who are full time