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Course Catalog 2019-2020 
Course Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Performance Diploma (Winds, Brass, Percussion)

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Course Requirements_

For course requirements for the Performance Diploma, please see here .

Performance Diploma

The Performance Diploma Program

This four-semester program, offered only in certain performance departments, is designed for the very small number of gifted performers who have not yet completed the BM or its equivalent and who are seeking a very narrowly focused program of study leading to a performance-oriented career. 

Students who have completed requirements for both the BM degree and the Performance Diploma will receive only the BM degree.


The Performance Diploma is offered only in certain departments. Students who seek admission to the Performance Diploma program in the Division of Vocal Studies must have completed two years of voice and language study at the college level or equivalent.


All credit applied toward requirements for the Performance Diploma must be earned in Oberlin or in Oberlin-sponsored programs, including Oberlin summer programs. Students in the Performance Diploma program may not pursue another degree or non-degree music program concurrently. No credit with a grade of B- or lower may be counted toward the requirements of the Performance Diploma. 

Performance Diploma student may enroll in Applied Studies courses or English Skills courses as free electives without special permission. Performance Diploma students may not register for other courses without permission (given in the Associate Dean’s office). 

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