Graduate Performance Diploma

This traditional conservatory program allows graduate-level pianists, singers, and instrumentalists to focus intensively on performance. Each of four semesters includes individual instruction and appropriate ensemble opportunities. The single school-wide requirement for Graduate Performance Diploma candidates is the Teaching Artist Program. For students in all departments except Opera, the first year concludes with a promotional jury or recital, at which students must demonstrate satisfactory progress in the major instrument; the second year culminates in a final diploma recital.

Major Areas: Chamber Music, Collaborative Piano, Historical Performance, Jazz and Contemporary Music, Opera, Organ, Piano, Strings, Voice, Composition, and Woodwinds and Brass.

Level: Graduate (conservatory diploma, bachelor's degree, or equivalent credential required).

Normal Program Length and Credits: 2 years, 29 credits required for graduation.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree, post-secondary conservatory diploma, or demonstrated equivalent
  • Academic and performance record demonstrating the capacity to excel in full-time studies
  • Applicants in performance must present an audition
  • Applicants in composition must submit a portfolio of completed compositions demonstrating advanced compositional skills in a variety of media