The Artist Diploma program of New England Conservatory is designed to offer a small number of especially gifted performers the opportunity to deepen and challenge their artistry, broaden their musical perspective, and explore areas of musical, personal, and professional growth, free from the typical responsibilities of academic and professional life.
The two-year program distinguishes itself through a combination of mentorship, study, performance opportunities, and artist retreat, and takes advantage of the full breadth of educational and musical resources that NEC, and the extended NEC community, are uniquely able to provide.
Successful candidates for the Artist Diploma express an individual musical voice and vision, and show distinct promise to make a significant contribution to the contemporary musical and artistic landscape and to pursue a successful professional career.
The Artist Diploma is the highest-level designation offered by New England Conservatory and is currently awarded in two categories: the Artist Diploma in Instrumental Performance and the Artist Diploma in Opera. The program is highly selective, with one or two candidates typically admitted to each of the two programs per year.
Artist Diploma students perform a major recital in each year of residency. Beyond this requirement, the content of the program is individually tailored to meet the unique needs and aspirations of each Artist Diploma candidate. Students enrolled in this program receive full tuition remission, as well as a modest stipend.