Dec 10, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Orchestral Conducting, Artist Diploma

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Artist Diploma

The Artist Diploma is the most advanced nonacademic performance program offered by The Hartt School. Candidates for this program will be expected to demonstrate a high level of professional accomplishment and should be in the beginning stages of a professional career. A graduate diploma, certificate, master’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission. The Artist Diploma must be completed within four years from the date of matriculation.


The curriculum is designed around the interests, abilities, and needs of individual students. Each program is designed jointly by the student and an advisory committee (major teacher, department chair, and division director) and could include private lessons, chamber music, ensemble performance, and optional academic classes.

The Artist Diploma requires a residence of two years and a minimum of 24 earned credits, including one recital at 2 credit hours. Full-time course load is 6-9 credits per semester.

Concentration in Orchestral Conducting (24-36 credits)

Major Area

Other Studies

  • Performing organization (4 semesters-0 credits)


  • Electives (with approval of advisor) 6-18 credits

Academic Electives

An A.D. student electing to take courses in music history or music theory must take the graduate placement examinations in history or theory and fulfill the Graduate Music History (or Theory) Review Requirement. HLM 615  is a pre-requisite for all graduate courses in music history.

After acceptance into the Artist Diploma program, students are required to take an Ear Training Placement Exam. In addition, applicants for the Artist Diploma in composition are required to take an examination in score reading, keyboard proficiency and keyboard harmony. Students who fail the exams must enroll in the appropriate classes during the first year of their graduate study. Students whose examinations reveal deficiencies at the undergraduate level will be required to take the appropriate undergraduate courses. Proficiency examinations will be administered the week prior to the beginning of each semester.

Different courses of study may require the student to attend certain courses offered in alternate years or semesters, thus demanding the student’s presence during a given semester. Students should not expect to complete their programs by summer residence.

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