Performance Diploma

The Performance Diploma is a non-degree program for the specialized training of performers of orchestral instruments and piano who seek advanced musical training. The program is narrow in focus, selective in nature, and specifically tailored to the student who desires intensive, performance-oriented training.

Performance Areas

  • Bassoon
  • French Horn
  • Organ
  • Trumpet
  • Cello
  • Harp
  • Percussion
  • Tuba
  • Clarinet
  • Harpsichord
  • Piano
  • Viola
  • Double Bass
  • Historical Performance
  • Saxophone
  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Trombone
  • Voice

Each student is assigned to a member of the faculty for private instruction. Individual instruction is given in one-hour lessons; every effort is made to consider the student’s preferences in studio assignment.

Orchestral Instruments

The Performance Diploma in orchestral instruments places emphasis on orchestral and chamber music repertoire as well as the solo repertoire. The program focuses on the practical aspects of musical training: private instruction, performance, participation in musical organizations and chamber music, and musicianship skills.

Program of Study

Candidates are required to spend two years in residence and to pursue private instruction (four semesters) in their performance field.

Candidates on orchestral instruments are required to participate in chamber music and large ensembles (four semesters each). Candidates will present a minimum of two solo recitals or the equivalent while in residence.

Applied Music 12 cr
Musical Organizations 4 cr
Chamber Music 4 cr
Approved Music Electives 8 cr
Total 28 cr


The backbone of the curriculum in the piano Performance Diploma program consists of the study of solo, chamber, collaborative, and ensemble piano repertoire.

Students are required to participate in chamber music, collaborative, and duo-piano programs. Candidates will present a minimum of two solo recitals while in residence.

Program of Study

Applied Music 12 cr
Chamber Music 4 cr
Accompanying 4 cr
Piano Ensemble 4 cr
Collaborative Lab 4 cr
Total 28 cr


The Performance Diploma in voice is designed for singers seeking in-depth training in all aspects of the vocal arts  who demonstrate uniquely special career potential.

Candidates are required to audition for roles and must be registered full-time at least three full semesters, or two full semesters and two half semesters. Candidates should also be available to perform in any high-profile master classes presented by the voice area. Foreign students seeking the diploma are required to take English diction as an elective.

Candidates will perform one public recital on campus, plus a role in either opera or oratorio while in residency for the diploma (on or off campus with approval of faculty), or a performance with orchestra on or off campus, or an additional public recital at a major off-campus venue.

Required Curriculum

Applied Music 12 cr
Vocal Coaching one-to-one or Coaching Class 2 cr
Opera Productions or Opera Workshop
and/or ensemble organizations (i.e., chorus or baroque ensemble)
2 cr total, two semesters
Art song—oratorio—or any voice-related literature 4 cr total, two semesters
Elective courses (i.e., musicology, theory, conducting, composition,
other ensemble work, acting, languages, art history, poetry)
to total 8 cr
Total 28 cr