Diploma Programs in Performance

Performer Diploma, Orchestral Studies

A regular departmental performance audition equivalent to a high Master of Music graduation level is required. The program is open only to majors in violin, viola, violoncello, and double bass. If admission to the program is by audio recording, a live audition must be successfully completed before registration for a subsequent semester of enrollment. A candidate must hold a U.S. high school diploma or the equivalent. Students with conservatory backgrounds are considered to be doing graduate-level work in the Performer Diploma, Orchestral Studies, although they might be designated by the university as undergraduates.

Performance Study

Major-level lessons each semester. Emphasis will be on orchestral repertoire.


Each semester in a modern orchestra.

Orchestral Repertoire

F419/F519 Orchestral Repertoire (1 cr.) each semester.

Chamber Ensemble

F450/F550 Chamber Music (1 cr.), a minimum of two semesters.

Music Courses

6 credit hours of courses in music on the undergraduate or graduate level for which the student has the necessary prerequisites, such as music theory, music history, conducting, music education, or early music. Courses in orchestral repertoire or chamber ensemble may not be used. Courses selected must be approved by the director of graduate studies.

Examination in Orchestral Repertoire

I612 Orchestral Studies Exam (0 cr.)

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