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 faculty.

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 as assigned.

Participants will also meet together every semester in Reflection Seminars.


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


Limited 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 with minimum TOEFL iBT score of 50, with minimum subscores of 15 in Speaking and 15 in Listening.

Program Standards

Participants in the Artist Certificate program are held accountable to high standards of professionalism and artistry as a collegial member of the community of musicians at APU. This includes, but is not limited to, demonstrating an exemplary work ethic, making every effort to communicate clearly with performing colleagues and faculty, prompt and regular attendance at rehearsals and Reflection Seminars, and a professional approach to the responsibilities of playing a leading role in the School of Music.

Because of the nature of music making, these standards may be higher than those described in the university’s Graduate Catalog, which every Artist Certificate participant agrees to abide by when they enter the program. Participants who do not fulfill these Artist Certificate requirements satisfactorily according to the faculty responsible for any given area may be put on probation in the program. In extreme circumstances, participants may be dismissed summarily from the program without warning.

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 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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