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Artist Diploma

The TCU School of Music Artist Diploma applications for Fall 2025 opens September 1, 2024. 

TCU’s artist diploma provides intensive study and performance opportunities under the guidance of master teachers in preparation for a performance career. This program accepts only the most advanced and gifted performers who demonstrate serious potential to become concert artists through their performance and credentials.

The artist diploma is a three-year program in Piano; two-year in Voice/Opera, Winds/Percussion, and Strings. The artist diploma is only available in a post-baccalaureate track.

An audition is required. Admission to the program is allowed only upon the recommendation of the appropriate applied studio faculty and the approval of the School of Music director.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to maintain satisfactory academic progress in this program.

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For more information about the Artist Diploma program at TCU, contact:
Sarah Walters
Coordinator, Music Admissions
Text/Call: 817-257-4742

Step 1:

Apply here to TCU Graduate Studies and Apply here to the TCU School of Music Applications open September 1.

As part of your application, the following items are required:

  • Pre-screening video performance for review; those that qualify receive an invitation to perform a live audition or to submit an audition video. For more information about pre-screening videos, please scroll down page and select “Artist Diploma Audition Requirements”.
  • One-page personal statement that discusses your musical experience and vocational goals and how TCU’s program can help you achieve those goals.
  • Three names of persons qualified to comment on the applicant’s academic musical achievement, teaching and/or professional experience, and potential for success in the degree program. These will be requested electronically through the School of Music Graduate Admission/Audition Request Application on Acceptd. You will need to supply the e-mail address of each reference for this option at the time of application (but not the letters themselves).
  • All international applicants must submit a TOEFL or english proficiency exam score. Those scoring below a 75 (TOEFL) will be required to interview with a faculty committee in the area, either in person, or via Zoom or Skype, as a part of the admissions decision.

Application Deadline for artist diploma piano applicants is December 1, 2024.

Application Deadline for artist diploma applicants other than piano is February 15, 2025.

Step 2:

Order Transcripts

  • Please request one official, sealed transcript or graduation certificate be sent to TCU either electronically* to
  • This document should represent the highest level of education you have completed or are currently completing.
  • This document must be received before your application will be reviewed and processed.

*Transcripts/Graduation Certificates sent in an electronic format using a service such as National Student Clearinghouse

In-Person Audition Dates:

  • TBA

Virtual Audition Dates:

  • Arranged at a later date with the Coordinator of Admissions


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