Performance Diploma

The Performance Diploma is a non-degree program for the specialized training of performers of orchestral instruments and piano who seek to continue their musical training, with emphasis on orchestral and chamber music repertoire. The program focuses on the practical aspects of musical training: private instruction, musicianship skills, performance, participation in musical organizations and in chamber ensembles.

Candidates are required to spend two years in residence, to pursue private instruction (four semesters) in their performance field, and to participate in chamber music and large ensembles (four semesters each). Candidates will present a minimum of two recitals, or the equivalent, while in residence.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts
  • Non-refundable application fee of $80
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from music professionals/educators. These may be submitted online using supplied Letter of Recommendation Form, or by mail as an official letter from the recommender in a sealed envelope.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Personal statement indicating the applicant’s purpose in pursuing graduate work, career objectives, and particular interest in BU
  • Current résumé
  • A prescreening recording must be submitted online by December 1 (required of Cello, Flute, Violin, and Voice applicants only)
  • An audition. Applicants should follow the audition repertory guidelines for the appropriate instrument.
  • International applicants: please click here for special requirements

Application materials deadline: December 15

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Mailing address:
Office of Graduate Admissions Room 230
College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Detailed Program Information

For detailed information regarding specific requirements for the Performance Diploma, please click here.

Financial Aid

All admitted students are considered for all available scholarships and assistantships. There is no financial aid application. For more information regarding financial aid, please visit the financial aid link.

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