Many departments in the School offer the Performer’s Certificate to recognize students who demonstrate outstanding performing ability. A candidate for the Performer’s Certificate must be an Eastman undergraduate or graduate student, or in exceptional circumstances, an arts and sciences student matriculated in the Bachelor of Arts degree program with a concentration in music. Certificate candidates are nominated by an examining committee in the instrumental or vocal concentration in which the certificate is sought. The certificate is awarded on the basis of a public recital judged by a faculty committee. The certificate may be awarded only once during a student’s tenure at Eastman.
A graduate student holding the Performer’s Certificate who demonstrates the highest level of performing ability may, with the unanimous recommendation of the applied music faculty within that department, become a candidate for the Artist’s Certificate. Candidates must fulfill the same general requirements as for the Performer’s Certificate, but must perform two public recitals and appear as soloist with an orchestra. A special interdepartmental committee judges these performances. Granting of the Artist’s Certificate must have final approval of the entire faculty.
More detailed information regarding the Performer’s Certificate and Artist’s Certificate can be found here: https://www.esm.rochester.edu/programs/pc-ad/.
Revised, April 2018