Artist Diploma in Performance

The Artist Diploma is a non-degree program for the specialized training of the unusually gifted and accomplished performer. The program focuses on the practical aspects of musical training: private instruction, performance, participation in musical organizations and chamber music, and musicianship skills.

Admission Requirements

An applicant to the Artist Diploma program must be a superior musician who has already demonstrated the strong potential for a successful performing career. Applicants must have already earned a bachelor’s degree, or an acceptable diploma in music, or the equivalent in the determination of the faculty of the School of Music. Applicants are required to audition in person. In addition to the audition, solo and ensemble experience and breadth of repertoire are taken into account as criteria for admission. A preliminary recording must be submitted. Based on the review of this recording, applicants may be invited to audition. Before the audition, the applicant is required to submit a curriculum vitae, a complete list of repertoire, transcripts of previous academic work, and three letters of recommendation.

Program of Study

Every Artist Diploma candidate is required to fulfill 28 credits as specified in the major, and to give three recitals. Candidates are required to spend two years in residence at Boston University and to take private instruction in their performance field during every semester of enrollment.

Performance Areas

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

Program Outline: Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion, Piano, and Organ

ML 501–92 Applied Music 12 credits
MP 608, 609 Chamber Music 4 credits
Music Electives 12 credits
Three recitals

Program Outline: Collaborative Piano

ML 553–54 Applied Music 12 credits
MP 731 Special Topics in Song Literature 4 credits
MP 622 Duo Instrumental Sonatas 4 credits
Music Electives 8 credits
Three recitals including vocal, instrumental sonata, and chamber repertoire

Upon approval, students may also choose to concentrate in instrumental or vocal repertoire. Requirements are adjusted accordingly.

Program Outline: Voice

ML 507–08 Applied Music 16 credits
Electives 12 credits
Three solo recitals (an opera or oratorio role may substitute for one recital)


Vocal students in the Artist Diploma program must satisfactorily complete an examination in the application of the International Phonetic Alphabet to English, French, German, and Italian.