Artist Diploma International Checklist and Application Fall 2018

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!
Application Step   Checklist   Date Due

Application with all supplemental materials

  December 1, 2017

Non-refundable application fee of $85

  December 1, 2017

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, 2017

Three letters of recommendation: online application or the paper version

  December 1, 2017

Unofficial transcripts attached to the application*

  December 1, 2017

Official transcripts with Fall, 2017 grades. Please send official transcripts to or to the address listed on the Contact Us page. A cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required on the Bachelor transcript. Transcripts submitted should include an English translation from either the issuing school or from an accredited translation service.

  January 19, 2018

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, 2017

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 applicaton for the Artist Diploma.

  December 1, 2017

Shepherd School Financial Assistance Application attached to the application*

  December 1, 2017

Online submission of the prelimary recording or audition profile form as noted on the Audition Page

  December 1, 2017

A TOEFL is required if your previous degree is not from a U.S. institution or your native language is not English. Performance diplomas or certificates do not suffice as a degree. The Shepherd School of Music requires a score of at least 90 on the iBT, 250 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 600 on the paper-based TOEFL. For students who choose to take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in lieu of the TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.0. Please arrange to have your scores sent to The Shepherd School of Music. Rice Institution Code: 6609

  January 3, 2018

*all application attachments must be in .pdf format

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