Conductor, Pacific Symphony, Orange County, Calif.
Fame & Fortune Q&A:
Bankrate: Have you been saving for your kids to go to college?
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
Consider the career path you want to take when applying to college.