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  • Objectives
    The Professional Artist Certificate and the Fletcher Institute Professional Artist Certificate program represent the School of Music at its highest level of artistry and education. Its goals and objectives are to prepare and train students for careers as professional classical musicians in the following areas of study: brass, composition, guitar performance and pedagogy, vocal performance, orchestral conducting, organ, percussion, piano, strings and woodwinds (including saxophone).
  • Entry requirements
    Admission to the post-master’s program is by application and audition. Candidates must have completed a Master of Music or a Master of Arts from an accredited conservatory, college or university (or the equivalent if the institution is located outside the United States). To apply, candidates must submit the following: a completed application form and application fee, two
    letters of recommendation, an official transcript with a seal or registrar's signature from each college attended (copies are unacceptable and international students must submit a certified English translation for each transcript), a résumé detailing the applicant's artistic experience and educational objectives, a repertoire list, a project proposal (for instrumentalists), and a TOEFL test (if the candidate is an international student.)
  • Course description
    Professional Artist Certificate Curricula
    PROFESSIONAL ARTIST CERTIFICATE (INSTRUMENTAL)
    Year One
    MUS 800 Individual Performance Instruction 9
    MUS 890 Performance Class 3
    MUS 840 Ensemble Performance 3
    MUS 899 Professional Artist Project 9
    MUS 599 Intensive Arts Workshops 2

    FLETCHER INSTITUTE PROFESSIONAL ARTIST CERTIFICATE (VOICE)
    Year One
    MUS 800 Individual Performance Instruction 9
    MUS 890 Performance Class 3
    MUS 879 Fletcher Opera Institute Project 9
    MUS 599 Intensive Arts Workshops 2

    Professional Artist Certificate Course Descriptions
    MUS 599: Intensive Arts Projects (2 credits)
    During the two-week period immediately following Thanksgiving break, students participate in special projects, classes, seminars and performances. Students are encouraged to pursue musical studies; however, interdisciplinary interests may be considered. Students must enroll in the course each fall term they are in attendance at UNCSA. The course is graded “pass/fail.”

    MUS 800: Individual Performance Instruction (3 credits per term)
    One hour per week of individual performance instruction at an advanced level.

    MUS 840: Ensemble Performance (1 credit per term)
    Accompanying, Cantata Singers, chamber music, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra or Wind Ensemble as assigned by the studio teacher in consultation with the ensemble director.

    MUS 879: Fletcher Opera Institute Project (3 credits per term)
    An advanced course of study in all aspects of opera performance. The project will include participation in two productions each year, workshops, master classes, coaching sessions, performances and tours.

    MUS 890: Performance Class (1 credit per term)
    Weekly performance class in which students will be critiqued by faculty and students for the purpose of refining their performance skills.

    MUS 899: Professional Artist Project (3 credits per term)
    A significant project devoted to the performance of a specialized repertoire or area of artistic interest that will bridge the student's entry into his/her professional career.

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