Artist Diploma Checklist and Application Fall 2017

This is the most important page for successful completion of your application to The Shepherd School of Music. For this reason, we ask that you refer to this page to be sure you have completed every applicable step!

Artist Diploma Application Checklist


Date Due

Application with all supplemental materials


December 1, 2016


Non-refundable application fee of $85


December 1, 2016


Statement of Purpose: Students in the Artist Diploma (AD) are immersed in a program uniquely tailored to their goals and aspirations as articulated in their Statement of Purpose.

The Statement of Purpose is an integral and extremely important part of their initial application materials. The Statement will assist the faculty in determining whether or not the Artist Diploma program is appropriate to the goals and aspirations of a given applicant.

In crafting your Statement, please describe in great detail what you expect to accomplish in the program and your long-term professional goals. Typically, the AD program for students in the instrumental track blends experiences in solo, chamber and orchestral performance and conforms to the highest professional standards. Students in the opera track focus primarily on preparations for entering the profession as is also the case for students pursuing a track in conducting. Understanding these different emphases within the AD program should assist you in developing your Statement of Purpose. The Statement should be three pages, double-spaced, at a minimum.


December 1, 2016


Three letters of recommendation: online application or the paper version.


December 20, 2016


Unofficial transcripts attached to the application*


December 1, 2016


Official transcripts with Fall, 2016 grades. Please send official transcripts to or to the address listed on the Contact Us page.
A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required.


January 20, 2017


Copies of 2 – 5 programs of performances in which you participated during undergraduate study and/or the last two years attached to the application.* A program example is here.


December 1, 2016


Attach a complete repertoire list to the preliminary dropbox or audition profile form. Instrumentalists: Your repertoire list should include all solo, chamber, and concerto works that you have performed prior to application for the Artist Diploma. Vocalists: Your repertoire list should include art songs, arias, chamber music, orchestral works, oratorio, opera roles and scenes that you have performed prior to application for the Artists Diploma.


December 1, 2016


Shepherd School Financial Assistance Application attached to the application*


December 1, 2016


Online submission of the preliminary recording or audition profile form as noted on the Audition page.


December 1, 2016

*all application attachments must be in .pdf format

Begin your application here:
Submission of an Application and supplemental materials