Artist Diploma students compete nationally and internationally, perform and audition for major orchestras and pursue professional performing careers.
The Artist Diploma is intended for exceptional performers or ensembles who hold a master’s degree, conservatory equivalent or professional credentials with appropriate credits in music history and theory.
Career goals of applicants to the Artist Diploma program include entering major competitions, auditioning for major orchestras or pursuing a professional performing career.
The Artist Diploma is available in the applied areas of piano (including collaborative piano), violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, harp, guitar, string quartet (or other chamber ensembles) and conducting. Artist Diploma is not available in voice.
Our faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally for their professional experience. You will receive individual attention from our faculty and enjoy small teacher-to-student ratios.
Performance Opportunities and Ensembles
Shenandoah Conservatory produces more than 400 performances each year. Enroll in a dynamic curriculum and start preparing for a meaningful career in the arts. You will practice your craft in front of audiences and develop a plan for your professional launch into the industry that focuses on your personal desires and aspirations.
Embrace extensive performance opportunities with top-tier facilities from theatres, concert halls and dance studios. Unite with fellow artists and join an alumni family that takes center stage from Broadway to the concert halls of Europe.
Shenandoah Conservatory is home to more than 20 instrumental, vocal, and dance ensembles that present numerous performances every year. These performances take place throughout Shenandoah University’s vibrant campus on its various stages, including a concert hall, recital hall, proscenium stage, black box studio, outdoor amphitheater and more, to venues and performance spaces in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and around the world. Ensembles constantly engage with Shenandoah’s dynamic faculty and an array of distinguished guest artists through residencies, workshops and unique performance opportunities.
Shenandoah Conservatory’s prestigious faculty is dynamic, creative, and passionately committed to the highest levels of artistic excellence. A deeply caring community, they mentor students with a wealth of professional expertise, balancing rigorous expectations with compassion and wisdom. At Shenandoah, you will study with, and perform for, award-winning composers, Metropolitan Opera singers, Grammy Award winning conductors and international competition winners. You will learn from leading scholars in music and premiere works created by accomplished dance artists and cutting-edge directors. Shenandoah Conservatory’s faculty embodies the highest levels of professional accomplishment and the deepest commitment to furthering the artistic growth and creative aspirations of students in every discipline.
Application & Audition Information
Admission to Shenandoah Conservatory graduate programs is highly competitive and the audition schedule fills rapidly. Early application and audition registration is recommended.
Acceptable Instruments for This Program
Review the acceptable instruments for this program:
- Collaborative Piano
- Double Bass (classical)
- French Horn
- Guitar (classical)
- Percussion (classical)
- Piano (classical)
- Saxophone (classical)
- String Quartet
- Trombone (classical)
- Trumpet (classical)
Financial Aid & Assistantship Information for This Program
Students enrolled in the Artist Diploma program are eligible to receive federal and state financial aid funds for study in this program. Please contact Shenandoah’s Office of Financial Aid with any questions, or to request additional information call 540-665-4538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students enrolled in the Artist Diploma program are eligible to apply for Graduate Assistantships and Post-Graduate Fellowships. You will find further information about applying for these awards posted on the Financial Aid website.