The Artist Diploma is a certificate program providing concentrated post-baccalaureate training for prospective professional musicians. Currently it is offered violin, voice, opera direction, and opera coaching; it involves lessons and recitals (or equivalent performances) at the School of Music and an internship at the Memphis Symphony (for violinists) or Opera Memphis (for all others).
Admission for the program is highly competitive: students are admitted via an audition held conjointly with the appropriate School of Music faculty and representatives of the Memphis Symphony or Opera Memphis. Applicants must be fully accepted by both the School and the cooperating institution; there will be no provisional acceptances. Admission to the program will be subject to the usual requirements of the Graduate School for certificate-seeking graduate students.
Students may pursue a graduate degree at the University of Memphis after acquiring the Artist Diploma. In such cases, they must fulfill all entrance requirements for a graduate degree, including the GRE/MAT and entrance tests in Music History and Music Theory. Up to twelve credits from the Artist Diploma may be applied to the degree, subject to the usual Graduate School time limit.
Students in a graduate degree program may not transfer into the Artist Diploma program. After successful completion of a graduate program, a student may apply to and audition for the Artist Diploma program. No hours from any degree will apply to the Artist Diploma.
The Artist Diploma program is four semesters long and is structured as follows: