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Artist Diploma

The TCU School of Music Artist Diploma applications for Fall 2023 admission is now open. 

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 and Strings; two-year in Voice/Opera (Please note: The Voice/Opera Artist Diploma program is only seeking mezzo-soprano and tenor applicants for the Fall of 2023) and Winds/Percussion, 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.

Learn more about the areas of study at TCU.

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

For more information about the Artist Diploma program in Voice, contact:

Dr. Corey Trahan
Interim Director of Opera, Instructor of Voice


Step 1:

Complete the School of Music online Audition Request Application and upload your high-quality video file, résumé and letter of intent. 3 recommendations are required.
Applications open on September 1.  Application fee is $80.

  • Applicant will submit a pre-screening video performance for review; those that qualify receive an invitation to perform a live audition.
  • All international applicants must submit a TOEFL score. Those scoring below a 75 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 is February 15, 2023.

Step 2:

Order Transcripts

  • Please request one official, sealed transcript or graduation certificate be sent to TCU either electronically* or by mail/courier service**. Please note that electronic transcripts are preferred.
  • 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. Electronic transcripts should be sent to

** Mailed transcripts should be sent to:
via U.S. Postal Service
TCU School of Music Non-Degree Programs
Attn: Sarah Walters
TCU Box 297500
Fort Worth, TX 76129

via Courier Service (DHL, FedEx, UPS)
TCU School of Music Non-Degree Programs
Attn: Sarah Walters
2800 S. University Drive
Ed Landreth Hall, Suite 120
Fort Worth, TX 76129

If using the U. S. Postal Service, the School of Music recommends that applicants send their materials First Class Mail and utilize the USPS’s Delivery Confirmation Service.

Step 3: International Students Only

Complete the required International Student Financial Statement found online at International Applicant Admission Information. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requires evidence of sufficient financial resources for the duration of studies and sponsorship verification before issuing the I-20 or DS2019 (required to obtain a visa). All documents must be original and submitted with official English translations.

  • Saturday, January 21, 2023
  • Saturday, February 4, 2023
  • Saturday, February 18, 2023


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