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Performer's Certificate

Performer’s Certificate

The Performer’s Certificate at VanderCook College of Music recognizes outstanding achievement in solo and chamber music performance. The certificate is not a degree program, but rather a means to acknowledge the most accomplished performers at the undergraduate level. 

Candidates may apply for the Performer’s Certificate by completing an application form and an audition adjudicated by a faculty panel. Students will be notified in writing by the director of applied studies regarding their acceptance into the Performer’s Certificate program.

If accepted, candidates must complete the following requirements to be awarded the Performer's Certificate:

  • A minimum of 12 credit hours in their major applied area throughout the entire BMEd degree program.

  • A junior solo recital with 30 to 45 minutes of music in the major applied area. The recital program must follow the repertoire guidelines set forth by the applied instructor and the director of applied studies.

  • A senior solo recital with 50 to 65 minutes of music in the major applied area. The recital program must follow the repertoire guidelines set forth by the applied instructor and the director of applied studies. The senior recital program may not repeat more than 20% of the repertoire previously performed in the junior recital. 

  • At least two semesters in an honors ensemble after acceptance into the Performer’s Certificate program.

At least three faculty members are required to attend and assess the junior and senior recitals. The faculty panel will use the standard BMEd recital assessment rubrics. The panel’s final scores will be averaged, and a minimum score of 90% is required for the Performer’s Certificate to be awarded.
 

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