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, brass, percussion: one 60–70 minute APU solo recital annually

Chamber Music Ensemble

  • Piano, strings, winds, brass, percussion: one group every semester. Chamber groups receive one hour weekly coaching by faculty.
  • Piano: 5–8 hours of accompanying per week as assigned
  • Strings: symphony orchestra, studio orchestra, other ensembles as assigned
  • Winds, brass, percussion: symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, studio orchestra, 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.

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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