General Program Requirements

Length of Program

Two years, with extension to a third year by petition

Solo Performance

Piano, violin, viola, cello: one 60–70 minute APU solo recital annually
String bass: one 60–70 minute solo recital annually, or chamber recital
Winds, percussion: one 60–70 minute APU solo recital annually
Voice: one 60-minute solo recital or one major opera role annually as cast

Applied Lesson Instruction

One hour weekly. All certificate students are required to take applied lessons every semester in the program.

Chamber Music Ensemble

Piano, strings, winds, percussion: one group every semester. Chamber groups receive one hour weekly coaching by faculty.

Major Ensemble Participation

Piano: 5–8 hours of accompanying per week as assigned
Strings: symphony orchestra, opera, chamber orchestra, other ensembles as assigned
Winds, percussion: symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, other ensembles as assigned
Voice: APU Opera production as cast, other ensembles as assigned

Reflection Seminars

Six 2-hour seminars every semester

Jury Evaluations

All certificate students are to perform a jury at the end of each semester unless a solo recital is performed that semester. Only a full-length solo recital may serve to take the place of a jury.

External Performances

One major non-APU competition or audition annually is expected. Active participation in pre-professional/professional musical opportunities or other outside performances is strongly encouraged.

Vocal Studies: End-of-Year Progress Report

At the end of the academic year, each vocalist is to submit a report of the opera roles sung, competitions and auditions sung, recital performances, and external performances to the voice faculty at the time of his or her jury performance. Programs of external performances are to be submitted to the director of the Artist Certificate program for requirement tracking and record keeping.


A petition process exists for students desiring consideration of an exception to stated university policies, procedures, and regulations. The student will need to complete the Artist Certificate Petition Form (PDF) and submit it to the director of the Artist Certificate program for logging in and tracking in the program. Once all signatures are obtained, the director will submit the petition for final approval by the dean or associate dean. Once a decision has been made, the director of the Artist Certificate program will notify the student whether the petition has been approved or denied.

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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