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The certificate is a specialized, graduate-level program for advanced musicians who desire to further develop and refine their performance art. The certificate program is a two-year course of study requiring at least two consecutive semesters of residence. A total of 32 credits is required. Advisor's approval is required for each semester's enrollment.

This certificate may be earned on a full time or part time basis.



  • An artist certificate application and current résumé
  • A bachelor's degree in music or equivalent (as evaluated by the School of Music Admissions Committee)
  • Transcripts from previous educational institutions
  • One-page written statement of student's goals and interest in the program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Recording of a live performance of solo works from the standard repertory.

Applicants should refer to the graduate admissions page of the School of Music website for specific details on what is required and how to submit their materials. Applicants must perform an audition recital and be interviewed on the Mason Campus. Applicants will be notified of the date and time of the audition and interview.

Banner Code: AR-CERG-ACVP

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 32

Studies in Performance

Twelve credits of12
Applied Music in Voice
Four credits of4
Topics in Music
MUSI 526Performance Seminar and Vocal Literature for Singers and Accompanists II2
MUSI 541Diction for Singers I: Italian Diction and English Diction2
or MUSI 542 Diction for Singers II: German Diction and French Diction
Total Credits20

Support Studies in Ensemble Performance plus Electives

Nine credits of9
Graduate Chamber Ensemble
and Opera and Musical Theater Ensemble
One credit of1
Graduate Lecture Recital (1 credit)
MUSI 790Graduate Recital1
Select 1 credit of elective1
Total Credits12