Overview and Prerequisites

About the Program

Those seeking to prepare for major competitions or to launch a career as a performer are especially encouraged to apply to the Artist Certificate program. Participants will be chosen on the basis of an audition adjudicated by a faculty admissions committee.

Each artist will present one solo recital or the equivalent annually, and will participate in a competition or other performance as outlined per program requirements.

All certificate students will be entitled to receive one hour weekly of applied lessons and are to perform a jury every semester in which they do not have a recital. Instrumentalists will take part in chamber music each semester as well as one or more additional ensemble(s) according to their area and as specified in each letter of acceptance. Vocalists will take part in opera studies/roles as cast in the opera productions and may additionally participate in department master classes and workshops.

Participants will also meet together every semester in Reflection Seminars.


$3,000 per semester ($6,000 per year)


Scholarships are available and can be applied for by filling out the Artist Certificate Scholarship Application (PDF).



Bachelor's degree or international equivalent expected; master's degree preferred.

Exceptions are made at the discretion of the dean or associate dean.

English Proficiency

Conversational proficiency, no minimum TOEFL

Audition Requirements

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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