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
  • Saxophone
  • Violin
  • Cello
  • Harp
  • Trombone
  • Voice
  • Clarinet
  • Oboe
  • Trumpet
  • Double Bass
  • Percussion
  • Tuba
  • Flute
  • Piano
  • Viola

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.

ML 501–40 Applied Music 12 cr
MP 600, 602 Musical Organizations 4 cr
MP 608 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

ML 501–02 Applied Music 12 cr
MP 608 Chamber Music 4 cr
MP 720 Accompanying 4 cr
MP 610 Piano Ensemble 4 cr
MP 621 Collaborative Lab 4 cr
Total 28 cr


Performance Diploma candidates in Voice are encouraged to audition for operatic roles and/or baroque chamber ensemble during full-time semesters. Candidates are also encouraged to pursue outside professional opportunities as appropriate. Foreign students seeking the diploma are required to take MP 231 English Diction as an elective.

Candidates in voice must perform one public recital on campus. Candidates must also complete one of the following performances, the first two on- or off-campus with the approval of the Voice faculty:

  • An opera or oratorio role
  • A solo performance with orchestra
  • An additional public recital at a major off-campus venue

Required Curriculum

ML 507–08 Applied Music 12 cr
ML 551–552, MP 532 Vocal Coaching 2 cr
MP 606 Opera Theater 2 cr
MP 731 Special Topics in Song Literature 4 cr
Approved elective courses 8 cr
Total 28 cr