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Performer's Certificate

The Performer’s Certificate is a specialized two-year, post-baccalaureate program designed for outstanding performers who, by their performance and credentials, demonstrate they have serious potential for a career as a professional musician. The program is designed to provide students with the maximum amount of time and flexibility for intensive study and performance opportunities under the guidance of master teachers.

The Performer's Certificate is considered a Gainful Employment program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Performer's Certificate program requires acceptance by both the University of Wyoming Graduate Admissions and the Department of Music.

Department of Music Admission

To be considered for admission to the Performer’s Certificate program, students must have completed an undergraduate degree in music or equivalent, and demonstrate through an audition the potential for a career as a professional performing musician.

All students applying for the Performer’s Certificate program must audition in person or send a high quality CD, DVD, or web-based recording showing a variety of technical skills and music styles. Students wishing to audition for the Performer’s Certificate in the Vocal Arts are encouraged to submit a video/DVD recording.

The TOEFL is not required for the Performer's Certificate Program, but some proficiency in English is expected.

Piano Audition Requirements

  • One composition by Bach
  • One movement from a classical sonata (Mozart Haydn, Beethoven, of Schubert)
  • One étude of virtuosity
  • Plue one of the two categories below:
    • One substantial Romantic work (e.g. music by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, or others)
    • One composition by a 20th or 21st century composer

Vocal Audition Requirements

Four selections in differing styles including a work in English, French, German, and Italian; only one operatic or one oratorio aria is permitted and one selection must have been written after 1940.

String Audition Requirements

One movement of a standard concerto or equivalent and two movements of a solo Bach suite or equivalent.

Other Instrument Audition Requirements

Requirements must be obtained from the appropriate Area Coordinator.

University of Wyoming Graduate Admission

University of Wyoming graduate admission is contingent upon meeting the following requirements (the GRE is not required):

  • A bachelor's degree from a recognized institution of higher learning
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher (A = 4.0) on all previous work
  • Three letters of recommendation sent by persons knowledgeable of the applicant's qualifications for graduate study
  • A personal statement, which should include why you are applying and what you will do with your degree
  • Submission of original transcripts of all previous work

Information for International Students

In addition to the criteria stated for US applicants, international applicants must provide a financial statement and a copy of their passport. Please see the University Catalog or visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Change of Degree Status

Students who wish to change from the Performer's Certificate to the Master's of Musical Arts degree program must submit the appropriate application to the Admissions Office. Classes taken at the graduate level (5000 or above) while studying as a Performer's Certificate student may be counted towards a Master's degree with prior approval of the Department Chair and the Registrar's Office.

PLEASE NOTE: International students must pass the TOEFL exam with a minimum paper exam score of 540 (207 on the computerized exam, or 76 on the Internet-based test TOEFL iBT) before being admitted to the Master’s Program.


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Laramie, WY 82071

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