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Financial Literacy - College funding
On college financing
Celebrities speak out
Smart ways to pay for college
Carl St. Clair
Michael Connelly
Al Franken
Mike Greenberg
Brad Meltzer
Ian Rankin
Nicholas Sparks
Celebrity Q&A
Who: Carl St. Clair
Conductor, Pacific Symphony, Orange County, Calif.
Fame & Fortune Q&A:
Bankrate: Have you been saving for your kids to go to college?
Carl St. Clair: Oh yeah. I'm astonished at the costs. I'm totally amazed, especially with people going to music school. With musicians, there's no guarantee of making a living. There are a lot more variables to the job. And, there's the pay level. It's very competitive. For a principal trumpet opening, maybe at our level there's one or two openings every few years. Don't forget, when the philharmonic was in its infancy, they also didn't pay a living wage. People would take side jobs in pit orchestras under false names because they didn't want people to know they were playing there.
Lesson learned: 
Consider the career path you want to take when applying to college.
Read the entire interview with Carl St. Clair.
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-- Posted: Sept. 17, 2007
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