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Certificate in Music Performance

The Program in Music Performance

provides an opportunity for students study the performance of vocal or instrumental music (both jazz and classical), electronic music, and music composition in the context of a liberal arts education. It provides extensive opportunities for students to hone their skills through participation in department ensembles, recitals, studio instruction, and performance classes, and also provides a solid foundation in music history, theory, and composition. The program provides a solid foundation for students who may wish to pursue professional music training at the graduate level. 

The two-year program is open to rising juniors who can demonstrate in an audition a high level of proficiency in a performance medium such as an orchestral instrument, piano, electronic media, voice (either solo or consort* singing), and jazz (voice or instrument), and conducting; students may also be accepted into the program in music composition or electronic music by submitting a satisfactory portfolio or its equivalent. MUS 105-106 is required for the certificate, and students are urged to fulfill this requirement as early as possible in their enrollment, preferably during the freshman or sophomore year. Under special circumstances, students may be able to place out of the course by demonstrating equivalent knowledge. Any student who wishes to postpone MUS 105-106 until their senior year must obtain special permission from one of the directors.  

*New in 2016: Princeton University's Vocal Consort Certificate Program allows singers with an interest in one-to-part singing, of unaccompanied vocal music from any era or genre, to pursue their passion together in a supervised setting. Under the general direction of Gabriel Crouch, the students in the program curate their own recitals and rehearse with each other in a variety of configurations, depending on the needs of the repertoire. The Consort’s first concert program included music by Ligeti, Tye, and Padilla, as well as improvisational singing and a set of traditional Bulgarian folk songs. 

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