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Artist Diploma Audition/Portfolio Requirements


Artist Diploma applicants are required to submit a pre-screening recorded audition by December 1. Applicants invited to a live audition will be notified in early January and audition confirmations will be sent no less than two weeks before the live audition date. Artist Diploma auditions and interviews are held on campus only. Recorded auditions may be accepted in place of a live audition at the discretion of the Artist Diploma committee (primarily when travel distance poses a significant hardship).

Pre-screening audition requirements:

  1. Video recordings are required, audio recordings will not be accepted
  2. Recordings should be unedited and recorded at the highest possible quality
  3. Recordings must consist of a recital program, approximately 45-60 minutes in length, and must include interesting programming in a variety of styles
  4. Studios or instruments with specific repertoire requirements must be met as indicated
  5. Recordings must be uploaded to the School of Music Online Application by December 1. Please see “Prescreening Instructions” for details on how to submit your pre-screening

Live Audition Requirements:

  1. Prepare and arrange a 45-60 minute recital program
  2. The length of live audition is approximately 20 minutes
  3. Artist Diploma committee members often speak with candidates during the course of this audition
  4. Bring six typed copies of your audition program as well as one copy of the score of each piece you will perform
  5. Composers will participate in an interview rather than completing a performance audition
  6. Instrumentalists and Vocalists are required to have piano accompaniment at the live audition. You may bring your own pianist or choose to use a Carnegie Mellon collaborative pianist. A list of available pianists will be provided with your audition confirmation.

Specific Pre-screening Audition Repertoire:


  • Two movements from a major concerto (record with piano accompaniment)
  • Two contrasting movements from a J.S. Bach Unaccompanied Suite
  • One movement from a contemporary work (record with piano accompaniment)
  • One movement from the standard sonata repertoire (recorded with piano accompaniment)


Please refer to and observe the requirements for the Master of Music graduate program but adhere to the timelines of the Artist Diploma program


  • Mozart: Flute Concerto in G or D (1st and 2nd movements with piano or orchestra)
  • Major Work of the Twentieth Century
  • Contrasting piece of candidate’s choice

Program must include accompaniment except for solo works


One-hour recital program to include:

  • Paul Hindemith: Sonata
  • Gabriel Faure: Impromptu


One-hour recital program demonstrating interesting programming and a variety of styles.


One-hour recital program to include:

  • At least one piece from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century repertoire
  • A brief self-composed spokent introduction to each piece


One-hour recital program to include:

  • Two movements from a J.S. Bach Solo Sonata (one movement must be a fugue)
  • One Virtuoso piece. Examples of possible composers: Ysaye, Paganini, Wieniawski, Sarasate
  • Remainder of the program is the candidate’s choice (no concerto movements) and must be recorded with piano accompaniment

All other Instrumental Studios:

One-hour recital program demonstrating interesting programming and a variety of styles.