Performance Diploma

Degree Type

  • Graduate


  • In-Person


  • On-Campus
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The Performance Diploma at BU School of Music is a nondegree program for the specialized training of vocalists and performers of orchestral and keyboard instruments 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.

With expert faculty including 20 members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Performance program is offered in the following areas: Voice, Strings, Keyboard (piano, collaborative piano, organ), Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion.

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As part of a major research University, the program offers dozens of opportunities for students to perform on campus, in the city of Boston and surrounding communities, and beyond. BU School of Music features student musicians yearly signature concerts at beyond including an annual performance at Symphony Hall in Boston and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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Curriculum requirements for the Performance Diploma can be found on the Academic Bulletin.

Program of Study

The Performance Diploma at Boston University is offered in:

Performance Diploma candidates are in residence at Boston University for two years during the program and are provided private lessons by an assigned faculty member in their performance area. This immersive experience is centered around individualized instruction with faculty comprised of distinguished scholars and musicians, including 20 members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO).

In addition to being central to the Boston music scene where performance opportunities abound, students join an international network of BU alumni performers, administrators, teachers, and scholars—with players in most of the world’s major orchestras.

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Next Steps for Applicants

The best way to determine if BU is right for you is to explore our admission requirements, financial tools, and resources to determine if the program is the right match.

Reach out to our Director of Admissions at with any questions along the way or to request information. We are happy to discuss your educational interests and career goals.

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