Artist Diploma in Music Performance
This program is reserved for advanced performers who have completed academic degrees or their foreign equivalent in music and whose accomplishments have already been amply demonstrated in various performance venues. Artist Diploma students devote most of their time perfecting their performance skills with private lessons from an artist-teacher, many of whom are members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Performance in large ensembles and chamber music groups rounds out their musical studies, as they expand their solo and ensemble repertoire, and prepare for auditions with renowned professional ensembles.
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This program is flexible and personalized to address the specific needs of the professionally advanced student. The curricular structure generally consists of a balance each semester among applied music, ensemble and chamber music performance and public recitals. For example, a typical semester would include:
Ensemble/Chamber Music Course* or Artist Diploma Recital
*Courses in history or theory which would enhance performance musicianship
7 or 8 credits per semester
Total Degree Program - 30 credits
1. Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree, master's degree, a college-level conservatory diploma or their foreign equivalent in music.
2. An audition is required for this program. Audition times are scheduled at specific times throughout the year and may be scheduled by contacting Kate Shields, Director of Music Admissions. The applicant should prepare for the audition the equivalent of a senior recital for undergraduate performance majors. DVDs, CDs and videotapes may be acceptable for a preliminary audition, although applicants should expect to audition at the University before a faculty panel.
3. TOEFL scores are not required of international applicants to the Artist Diploma in Performance program.
Artist Diploma students will be enrolled full-time for four consecutive semesters, or two academic years of study.
Transfer of Credits
The program consists of 30 credits taken at Duquesne University. No credits may be transferred from any other institution.
Financial Aid is available in the form of graduate awards, which consist of a full remission of tuition and fees. Students receiving such awards are required to provide a service to the school on a regular basis. For Artist Diploma students, this is usually, but not exclusively, in the area of performance. Awards are decided every spring for the following academic year. No applicant can be considered for an award until all application materials have been received and audition requirements fulfilled.
1. Applicants must meet the admission requirements as stated in the Graduate Admissions and Policies publication.
2. An audition is required for admission to this program. Audition times are scheduled at specific times throughout the year and may be scheduled by contacting Kate Shields, Director of Music Admissions. The applicant should prepare for the audition the equivalent of a senior recital for undergraduate performance majors. DVDs, CDs and videotapes may be acceptable for a preliminary audition, although applicants should expect to audition at the University before a faculty panel.
Application Process for International Students
Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree, a college-level conservatory diploma or their foreign equivalent in music.
The following items constitute a complete application:
1. Completed and signed application form.
2. Check or money order for $50.00 USD non-refundable application fee, made payable to Duquesne University.
3. Three letters of recommendation by persons in authority at the applicant's former institutions, one of which should be from the chair of the department in which the major field of study was completed. Send letters to the Director of Music Admissions (see below).
4. Official transcripts, in English, from each institution attended, including any attended during summer sessions, regardless of whether credit was received. Please ask the registrar of each college or university to send official transcripts to the Director of Music Admissions (see below).
5. Statement of Purpose typed on an additional sheet of paper (approximately 250 words) describing goals and objectives for enrolling in the graduate program.
6. Additional requirements pertinent to each Master of Music degree program. (see admission requirements of intended degree track).
7. Affidavit, in English, from a financial institution documenting the applicant's ability to finance their entire education and living expenses while in the United States. If governments or parents supply financial support, and affidavit certifying the amount to be furnished. Currency must be translated into United States dollars.
Mail application materials to:
Director of Music Admissions
Mary Pappert School of Music
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
All application materials must be completed and received by the School of Music no later than one month prior to the beginning of the term in which the applicant anticipates commencing graduate work. An interview may be required to further ascertain the applicant's ability. All official documents which are accepted toward admission become the property of the University.