Performance Diploma Programs

The One-Year Artist Diploma program is offered to students who have previously completed a Bachelor of Music degree or its equivalent. Applicants must also demonstrate a performance level of at least a Conservatory Associate standard, and show evidence of exceptional performance ability. New applicants to the One-Year Artist Diploma program who are new to Western University should contact the Recruitment Officer, Sasha Gorbasew, agorbase@uwo.ca before applying. Students already at Western who plan to graduate this year and would like to audition for this program should contact the Music Performance Studies Department, mpsdept@uwo.ca during the Intent to Register period.

The Music Performance Diploma is a three-year program designed for students who are also concurrently enrolled in a non-music degree. The program is flexible and permits students to focus exclusively on music study. It offers weekly one-hour lessons. Although diploma holders represent performers of high artistic achievement, graduate schools generally require an academic degree as well. Students already at Western should contact Diane Mills, pdmills@uwo.ca during the Intent to Register period.

Both the One-Year Artist Diploma and Three-Year Music Performance Diploma programs allow the student to concentrate on performance study, with a wide range of music electives.  


Admission to the Artist Diploma and Music Performance Diploma Programs

Auditions will be adjudicated in April by a panel of faculty from the Department of Music Performance Studies. Auditions for both programs will be scheduled at 15-minute intervals. Admission requirements and performance levels are outlined in the Academic Calendar.

Audition Requirements for the Music Performance Diploma Program

Keyboard

  • 3 solo pieces from different periods
  • Memorization is required

Orchestral Instruments

  • 2 contrasting pieces
  • No memorization required

Voice

  • Material from different periods
  • Languages: English plus any two French, German or Italian
  • Memorization is required, except for Oratorio arias

Academic requirements for the Music Performance Diploma.

 

Audition Requirements for the One-Year Artist Diploma

Keyboard

  • 3 pieces from different periods
  • Memorization will be required effective September 2013

Collaborative Piano

  • One movement of piano/violin/instrumental sonata
  • One piano/voice selection
  • Piano solo piece

Orchestral Instruments

  • 2 contrasting pieces plus orchestral excerpts equivalent to 3rd year performance (Music 3921)
  • No memorization required

Voice

  • 1 opera aria in Italian
  • 1 oratorio aria in any language
  • 3 art songs showing a variety of musical styles and periods
  • One each in French, German and English
  • Memorization is required, except for Oratorio arias

Academic requirements for the One-Year Artist Diploma.


Contact Information

Associate Dean (Undergraduate Admissions & Programs)
Dr. John Cuciurean
519-661-2111 x85333
jcuciure@uwo.ca

Undergraduate Admissions Assistant
Odilla Van Delinder
519-661-2044
ovandeli@uwo.ca

Recruitment Officer
Sasha Gorbasew
519-661-2111 x80532
agorbase@uwo.ca

Academic Counsellor
Ms. Diane Mills
519-661-2044
pdmills@uwo.ca