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The Artist Diploma program is designed to be a highly selective program aimed at advanced musicians who have demonstrated the potential for concert careers. The aim of this program is to refine further students’ musicianship to pursue a career in the field of music performance. Applicants need to have completed at least a bachelor’s degree. At this time, the keyboard area is not offering Artist Diplomas in Solo Performance nor in Artist Diploma in Chamber Music.

Applications for Artist Diploma in Solo Performance are only accepted in percussion (marimba/vibraphone), strings (violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, harp); jazz; and woodwinds (bassoon, clarinet, oboe, saxophone). Applications for Artist Diploma in Orchestral Performance are only accepted in brass (trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba), strings (violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, harp), and woodwinds (bassoon, clarinet, oboe, saxophone). Applications for Artist Diploma in Chamber Music Performance are only accepted in strings (violin, viola, cello, bass).

The College of Music offers six Artist Diploma programs at the graduate level:

  • Artist Diploma in Opera and Solo Vocal Performance This is a graduate program for pre-professional singers who exhibit the potential for a national and/or international performing career.  An earned baccalaureate degree in voice performance is the minimum requirement for admission. The Artist Diploma program offers exceptionally gifted singers the opportunity to deepen their artistry, broaden their musical perspective, and refine their performance skills under the guidance of College of Music faculty. In addition, all Artist Diploma students have access to courses and career advising offered by the College’s Entrepreneurship Center for Music. Studies include individualized voice instruction, vocal coaching, and performance opportunities in opera, solo, oratorio, and other concert work, with elective studies in entrepreneurship, as preparation for a performance career.

  • Artist Diploma in String Quartet Performance The College of Music at CU Boulder offers an Artist Diploma in String Quartet Performance for one pre-established string quartet to work intensively with members of the renowned Takács Quartet and other members of the string faculty. The Takács will be auditioning graduate quartets to take up the Graduate Quartet in Residence position for 2019-20, a two-year position generously funded by the Starling Foundation and Takács Society.

    While participating in the program, the graduate quartet will play recitals, perform in master classes, receive regular coaching and collaborate with other instrumentalists and composers. A generous travel budget provides the quartet with support for competitions and concert opportunities outside of Boulder.  

    • Please note: The Graduate String Quartet in Residence is a two-year position. Our next opening will be for the 2021-22 academic year​

  • Artist Diploma in Solo Instrumental Performance This is a graduate program for pre-professionals who exhibit potential for a national and/or international performing career.  An earned baccalaureate degree and a successful audition are required for admission into this program. The Artist Diploma program offers exceptionally gifted instrumentalists the opportunity to deepen their artistry, broaden their musical perspective, and refine their performance skills under the guidance of College of Music faculty. In addition, all Artist Diploma students have access to courses and career advising offered by the College’s Entrepreneurship Center for Music. Students are provided both coaching and individualized instruction, with extensive opportunities for performance, in preparation for a performance career.

    • Please note: Due to a lack of studio space, we will not be accepting applications for any graduate flute program for the 2020-21 school year. 

  • Artist Diploma in Chamber Music Performance This is a graduate program for pre-professionals who exhibit potential for a national and/or international performing career.  An earned baccalaureate degree and a successful audition are required for admission into this program. The Artist Diploma program offers exceptionally gifted instrumentalists the opportunity to deepen their artistry, broaden their musical perspective, and refine their performance skills under the guidance of College of Music faculty. In addition, all Artist Diploma students have access to courses and career advising offered by the College’s Entrepreneurship Center for Music. Students are provided both coaching and individualized instruction, with extensive opportunities for performance, in preparation for a performance career.

  • Artist Diploma in Orchestral Performance This is a graduate program for pre-professionals who exhibit potential for successfully gaining employment in an orchestra. Professional performance level on an orchestral instrument, an earned baccalaureate degree, and a successful audition are required for admission into this program. The Artist Diploma program offers exceptionally gifted instrumentalists the opportunity to deepen their artistry, broaden their musical perspective, and refine their performance skills under the guidance of College of Music faculty. In addition, all Artist Diploma students have access to courses and career advising offered by the College’s Entrepreneurship Center for Music. Students are provided both coaching and individualized instruction, with extensive opportunities for performance, in preparation for an orchestral performance career.

  • Artist Diploma in Vocal Coaching This is a graduate program for pre-professionals who exhibit potential for a specialized career in vocal accompanying.  An earned Master of Music degree in collaborative piano with commensurate language and diction training (or equivalent professional experience) and a successful audition are required for admission into this program. The Artist Diploma program offers exceptionally gifted collaborative pianists the opportunity to deepen their artistry, broaden their musical perspective, and refine their performance skills under the guidance of College of Music faculty. In addition, all Artist Diploma students have access to courses and career advising offered by the College’s Entrepreneurship Center for Music. Students are provided both coaching and individualized instruction, with extensive opportunities for performance, in preparation for a career as a professional vocal coach.

Please note that students enrolled in the Artist Diploma program are not eligible for federal loan funding. Artist Diploma candidates are still considered for Teaching and Graduate Assistant positions.