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Performer's Diploma

The Performer’s Diploma program is a two-year program for exceptional performers who already hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent conservatory or professional qualifications and who are preparing for a career in performance. The Performer’s Diploma is available in piano, strings, voice, organ, woodwind, brass or percussion. By their performance and credentials, applicants must demonstrate that they have the potential to become professional performers and are well on the way to realizing that potential. The program provides intensive studio instruction in performance along with ensemble, chamber music and repertoire coursework related to the major. The Performer’s Diploma program normally encompasses a four-term residency. Extensions are rarely granted and funding is limited to four terms.

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M.M. in Composition

M.M. in Conducting - Choral

M.M. in Conducting - Instrumental

M.M. in Music Education

M.M. in Musicology

M.M. in Performance - Orchestral Instrument

M.M. in Performance - Organ

M.M. in Performance - Piano

M.M. in Performance - Voice

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Performer's Diploma

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