Artist Diploma

The Artist Diploma is a two-year program for gifted performers who are looking for advanced instrumental, conducting, or vocal studies without the additional academic demands required in a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) or Ph.D. program. Applicants must have already earned a master's degree. This program is limited to the most advanced instrumentalists, vocalists, and conductors, who are in the beginning stages of professional careers as performers.

The Artist Diploma program differs from the Doctor of Musical Arts program in that it is intended for musicians who are solely interested in a career in performance whereas the DMA program is designed for students who may primarily be pursuing a career in academia. The curriculum is limited to applied lessons, ensembles, and performance related seminars in order to provide students with the maximum opportunity to refine their performance skills. The Artist Diploma recipient will be prepared to go on to participate in international competitions, audition for professional orchestras and opera companies, and embark on a performance career.

The student in the Artist Diploma program is at the beginning stages of a career in performance, as opposed to the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, which prepares the student for a career in academia. The type of focused study on performance in the Artist Diploma program prepares students for professional opportunities such as regional, national, and international competitions, auditions for opera companies, and symphony orchestras.

Learning Objectives

  • Perform or conduct and rehearse in an area of specialization at the highest level of professional practice.
  • Student engagement in research, scholarship, creative expression and/or appropriate high-level professional practice.
  • Demonstrate historical and theoretical knowledge supportive of the development of individualized interpretations within a full range of musical styles.
  • Activities requiring originality, critical analysis and expertise.
  • Display a thorough understanding of the history of their instrument or conducting medium and a comprehensive knowledge of the repertoire and literature specific to the area of specialization.
  • The development of extensive knowledge in the field under study.
  • Participate in international competitions, audition for professional orchestras and opera companies, and embark on a performance career.

Graduate Catalog

The graduate catalog is the official repository of graduate program requirements, and Graduate College policies.

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