QUOTE(Dulcet @ Apr 30 2012, 04:32 AM)
Incidentally, the child of a colleague of mine just won the local music festival's "champion of champions" (if you see what I mean) prize. The adjudicator was staggered that he was going to university not conservatoire (and not to read music). This child didn't do JDs, or audition for NCO/NYO or other national ensembles, just local teaching and county ensembles and supportive musical parents. I believe one of the siblings is at conservatoire. Maybe this just showed that he didn't want such an unstable career and wanted to keep music as the respite from work? Who knows!
My university is practically crawling with people who were good enough to become professional but decided to go for something more practical
However, most of them did invest significant time and money into things like JD's, summer programs, high quality instruments, etc. - it seems like a bit of a waste, but I think many of them were still considering careers in music right up until the point of university and wanted to keep their options open. There are also a few who are still planning to pursue professional careers in music and are planning on getting post-graduate degrees in musical performance, but didn't want to go the conservatoire route for undergrad because they wanted a broader education.