Certificate in Music Performance: Vocal/Instrumental/Conducting

Requirements for this Certificate
The four requirements for successful completion of the Certificate in Performance in Voice, Vocal Consort Singing, Instrument Performance, and Conducting, are 1) completion of six required courses, 2) participating in one of the Music Department’s main ensembles, 3) taking studio instruction, and 4) presenting a major performance project (usually a recital).
Required Courses
Music Staff
  • 1 Music Theory Course: Completion (or placing out of) MUS 105. The test to place out of Music 105 is offered during the first wek of the Fall and Spring Semesters. Please contact the Academic Programs Administrator, Gregory Smith, to get a copy of the test. Students who place out of MUS 105 can replace this requirement with a Materials and Making course.
  • 2 Materials and Making Courses (M&M)
  • 2 Music Performance Courses (MPP): Selected from those that satisfy the Music Major.
  • MUS 298/299 (Lessons for credit), taken consecutively within one academic year.

For a complete list of current courses, please click here

Required Departmental Ensemble Participation
Princeton University Department of Music

includes being a part of either the Princeton University Orchestra, Glee Club, Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensembles, or Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk). For further information about these groups, please click here. Pianists who are not a part of these groups should pursue chamber music and accompaniment projects. 

Performance Project

For completion of the Certificate, a major performance project (usually a recital) must be presented in the junior or senior year. Recital Procedures & Requirements

Studio Lessons

in the major instrument are free and required for all students enrolled in the program, and can be taken for academic credit. More Information.

Program Auditions

Admission to the Program in Performance for instrumentalists is by live audition at the end of the sophomore year, for a panel of ensemble directors. Audition sign-ups will become available when the audition date is announced online, by email, and by flyer.

Audition Requirements:

  • PIANO & ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS: one movement from a standard sonata or concerto, showing an element of contrast.
  • SINGERS: two selections from standard opera arias or songs - one in Italian, and the other in French or German.
  • VOCAL CONSORT: confer with the Vocal Consort program coordinator Gabriel Crouch.
  • CONDUCTING: confer with the Conducting program coordinator Michael Pratt.
  • All classical performers must bring a brief musical CV and repertoire list, signed by their studio instructor, covering their freshman and sophomore years. 
  • JAZZ: two selections of contrasting style that demonstrate awareness of the jazz tradition and the ability to improvise.  Repertoire selection is open across jazz genres, including Afro-Latin and Brazilian pieces.  Musicians should be prepared to improvise over several choruses with their own ensemble accompaniment.
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