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VanderCook College of Music

Performer's Certificate

VanderCook Performer's Certificate

The Performer’s Certificate 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 and audition adjudicated by a faculty panel.

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

  • A minimum of 12 credit hours per semester taken in the 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
  • A senior solo recital with 50 to 65 minutes of music in the major applied area
  • At least two semesters in an honors ensemble after acceptance into the Performer’s Certificate program

Performance Opportunities

You will perform over 20 times a year!

As a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, String Orchestra, Collegiate Chorale, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band, you will perform over 20 times a year on campus and throughout the city of Chicago.

Schedule a Campus Visit or Audition

Contact Admissions at
312.788.1120 or

The Midwest Clinic

VanderCook co-founded The Midwest Clinic: an international band and orchestra conference held in Chicago with more than 18,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 40 countries.  Throughout the history of The Midwest Clinic, VanderCook is the only college Symphonic Band invited to perform every year.

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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