Chamber & Collaborative

Degree Requirements

Artist Diploma
Chamber Music


The two-year Artist Diploma (A.D.) in Music Performance is a highly specialized and performance-oriented non-degree graduate certificate program for exceptional musicians who have great potential for a professional career in music performance at the international level.

Every two years, one advanced pre-professional ensemble is selected to study with the Miró Quartet in the Young Professional String Quartet (YPSQ) in Residence program. The chosen quartet receives weekly coaching and private study with members of the Miró Quartet, prepares for competitions, performs with the UT Symphony Orchestra or New Music Ensemble on a rotational basis and receives comprehensive guidance for career management, networking and organization.

Students interested in applying for the YPSQ program may contact John Largess, violist with the Miró Quartet, for additional information at

The A.D. in Chamber Music is only available to YPSQ applicants. Individual applicants interested in chamber music should apply for the A.D. or M.M. in Performance degree in their instrument.




Administrative Contacts
Role Contact Person
Director of Graduate Studies, Graduate Advisor  James Buhler
Graduate Coordinator Marina Martinez
Graduate Admissions Coordinator Daniel Seriff
Scholarships & Assistantships Coordinator Anne Hall
Registrar Stephen Wray
HR Coordinator Aaron Pyle
Operations & Scheduling Page Stephens


Strings Division Contacts & Faculty
Role Contact Person
Division Head Bion Tsang
Area Counselor Joel Braun
Cello Joshua Gindele
Cello Bion Tsang
Double Bass Joel Braun
Guitar Adam Holzman
Harp Delaine Leonard
Viola John Largess
Viola Roger Myers
Violin Daniel Ching
Violin William Fedkenheuer
Violin Brian Lewis
Violin Sandy Yamamoto
Director, Orchestras Farkhad Khudyev
Conductor, Butler Opera Center Douglas Kinney Frost
Director, String Project Laurie Scott




Degree Requirements 


The A.D. in Instrumental Performance requires 27 hours of registered coursework and three public recitals. A chamber music option is available. 

Major Coursework  

Major Coursework for the Instrumental A.D. Degree
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description
4 Inst. 480  Graduate Performance (in the first semester) 
9 MUS 398D  Artist Recital (in the second, third, and fourth semesters) 
4 ENS 18x 

Problems in Performance Practice (4 semesters) 

Piano students must enroll in MUS 180T Accompanying 

4 MUS 181D  Chamber Music (4 semesters) 
6   Upper-division or graduate level courses not including those listed above. Students are encouraged to take courses appropriate to their instrument, such as literature, pedagogy, or specialized techniques. 



Artist Diploma students in string or chamber music performance must perform a single 20-minute jury in their first semester of study. 

Postponements are allowed for extenuating circumstances (injury, death in the family, etc.).  No-shows are considered a failure. 

Students should fill out a jury form and provide it to their instructor for every semester of study until the jury sequence for a degree program is fulfilled. 

A.D. Jury Requirements for All String Instruments

Jury Repertoire
(20 minutes | 480a)

All concerto & unaccompanied 
works must be memorized*


1) One complete movement from J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (the Doubles for each movement must be prepared as a pair)

2) One complete movement of a concerto for violin and orchestra 

3) Additional repertoire may be added at the discretion of the teacher for a total of 20 minutes of music 


1) One movement of solo Bach 

2) Two or more contrasting pieces drawn from the sonata or concerto repertoire for a total of 20 minutes of music 


1) One movement of solo Bach 

2) One movement from a standard concerto 

3) One other contrasting work or movement of a work for a total of 20 minutes of music 

Double Bass

1) One movement from the Bach Cello Suites 

2) One movement from a standard concerto 

3) One other contrasting work or movement of a work 

3) At least two contrasting orchestral excerpts selected from the standard repertoire for a total of 20 minutes of music 

Guitar 1) One movement of Bach (or equivalent Baroque composer, i.e. Scarlatti, Weiss etc.)  
2) Two contrasting works from different periods, one of which may be a concerto movement, for a total of 20 minutes of music  
Harp Three to four works in contrasting style for a total of 20 minutes which may include: multiple movements of a concerto or sonata; an original 16th to 18th-Century harp composition (or a published transcription from that time period); and a concert etude, solo, duo, or chamber work by a major or harpist composer

*Orchestral excerpts and etudes (excepting concert etudes) may be performed with printed music; all other solo repertoire should be memorized

Find more information about this semester's juries, including FDFJ forms and deadlines. 

Three Public Recitals

  • Solo Option. Two solo recitals, one of which must include a complete concerto, and one chamber recital.
  • Chamber Option. Two chamber recitals and one solo recital.

One of the three recitals must be presented off of the University of Texas campus.

Find recital scheduling procedures on the Butler School Operations website.



Advising & Registration

For information about course registration, deadlines, adding and dropping courses and other policies, visit the Graduate School Academic & Registration Policies webpage.

Students who wish to take an independent study course need to fill out a Consent Form. Once the faculty member and Graduate Coordinator have approved your request, the bar to register for the course will be lifted.

To be eligible for fellowships, scholarships and assistantships, graduate students are required to be enrolled full-time (at least 9 hours).

All international students are also required to be enrolled full-time during each long semester, regardless of whether they receive funding from the Butler School of Music.



Graduation Timeline

Semester-by-Semester Overview

Semester 1

  • Registration for (Instrument/Voice) 480 Graduate Performance course.
  • A qualifying jury must be performed at the end of the first semester of study.

Semester 2-4

  • Registration for MUS 398D, Artist Recital (for second and subsequent semesters)
    • Instrumental Artist Recitals - 3 recitals with a choice between these two options: the Solo recital option (two Solo recitals, one including a complete concerto, and one chamber music recital); or the Chamber recital option (two chamber recitals and one solo recital). Two of the recitals must be presented on the UT Austin campus and one recital must be presented off the UT Austin campus.
    • Voice Artist Recitals - 3 recitals (opera roles may substitute for two of the recitals).
  • In order to certify the diploma, students must submit the Artist Diploma Reporting Form to the graduate coordinator (check with the coordinator for the deadline).




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