Diploma Programs in Performance

Performer Diploma, Chamber Music

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, and violoncello. 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 program, although they might be designated by the university as undergraduates.

Performance Study

Major-level lessons each semester of enrollment, including the summer term. Emphasis will be on chamber music repertoire.

Major Ensemble

2 credit hours each fall and spring semester.

Chamber Music Courses

I500 Masterclass for PD Chamber Music students (0 cr.) each fall and spring semester.

M669 Seminar in String Quartet Literature (2 cr.) each fall and spring semester.

Music Courses

6 credit hours of courses in music, including 2-3 credits of U515 Performing Arts Education and Outreach. The remaining 3-4 credits may be at the undergraduate or graduate level in areas such as music theory, music history, conducting, music education, or opera workshop, for which the student has the necessary prerequisites. Courses selected must be approved by the director of graduate studies.


I613 Performer Diploma Chamber Music Recital (0 cr.), approved according to the hearing procedures for Master of Music recitals.

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