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This text is excerpted from the 2013-1014 CUA Announcements. Please refer to the Announcements for further information on academic policies and programs.

 

Graduate Artist Diploma

The Artist Diploma may be more appropriate than the Doctor of Musical Arts degree for the student seeking total concentration in performance at the post-master's level.  Thus, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music offers the Graduate Artist Diploma, a graduate-level non-degree performance program for only the most talented and outstanding performers. This program is offered to students in the performing areas of orchestral conducting, piano, strings (violin and cello only) and voice.  Interested students should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for the particulars in relation to the application process.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants to this program must have a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in performance or a Performers Certificate that represents a minimum of a three-year performance-intensive program. For the Graduate Artist Diploma in orchestral conducting, a master's degree or its equivalent is preferred. Required credentials for admission to the music school include an application, application fee, official transcripts of all postsecondary studies, two letters of recommendation, a repertoire list and evidence of a performing career in progress (such as programs and/or critical reviews).

Students whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL results of 92 or higher (iBT test), (for paper-based test: 580 or higher; for computer-based test: 237 or higher), to be considered for admission.

Final admission to the program is granted following successful completion of a 60-minute artist diploma admission audition, which must be presented before coursework begins and should include selections demonstrating the student's ability to perform in various styles. The singer's audition program must also demonstrate proficiency in French, German and Italian.

The applicant must audition in person if residing in the United States. Applicants for the Graduate Artist Diploma in orchestral conducting are asked to submit a videotape of a public performance, reading session or rehearsal, minimum length of 30 minutes, demonstrating diverse styles of orchestral repertoire; in addition, they will take a written and aural examination.

Program of Study

To receive the Graduate Artist Diploma, the student must successfully complete a curriculum of 35 or 36 semester hours, as described below, with an average of B or better. Enrollment for a minimum of four semesters is required, with a maximum period of three years allowed for completion of the program. Transfer credits may not be accepted to satisfy course requirements. Credits for coursework apply toward program requirements after the artist diploma audition is passed.

Classes chosen for the music electives requirement should be lecture or lecture/activity courses to be determined with the program adviser. Examples include music theory, music history or similar courses appropriate to the major. All required recitals are to be performed in public before a committee of the music school faculty and will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Orchestral Conducting

  Semesters Semester Hours
Private Lessons 4 8
Graduate Conducting Seminar MUS 643   4 12
Music Electives (by advisement) 2 6
Recitals (MUS 938) (see below) 3 9
Total   35

Three 70-minute recitals are required, the orchestral repertoire for which is to be decided upon between the candidate and the conducting professor. The candidate must demonstrate that he/she has studied a significant proportion of the standard orchestral repertoire, including music written after 1920. Opportunities for meeting the recital requirement will be provided by arrangement with the university orchestra, appropriate public performances or designated performances with the CUA opera.

Piano

  Semesters Semester Hours
Private Lessons 4 12
Music Electives (by advisement) 3 8
Chamber Music MUS 605 or 605A 4 4
Recitals (MUS 938) (see below) 4 12
Total   36

Four recitals are required: two solo recitals, one recital consisting of two concertos and one chamber music or chamber music/accompanying recital. The soloist is responsible for securing the accompanist for the concerto recital and the additional performers for the chamber music or chamber music/accompanying recital.

Strings (violin and cello only)

  Semesters Semester Hours
Private Lessons 4 12
Music Elective (by advisement) 1 3
Orchestra MUS 508 4 4
Chamber Music MUS 605 or 605A 4 4
Recitals (MUS 938) (see below) 4 12
Total   35

Four recitals are required: three solo recitals and one recital consisting of two concertos. The soloist is responsible for securing the accompanist for all recitals.

Voice

  Semesters Semester Hours
Private Lessons 4 12
Vocal Coaching 2 6
Music Electives (by advisement) 2 6
Recitals (MUS 938) (see below) 4 12
Total   36

Four solo recitals or two solo recitals and two major pera roles are required. The soloist is responsible for securing the accompanist for all recitals.

The student must complete, or must already have completed, two semesters of undergraduate study in Italian, French and German at an accredited college or university. In lieu of undergraduate study, the student may successfully complete placement examinations in these languages, administered by the modern languages department, verifying placement into second-year study.