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Graduate Certificate in Performance – Strings


The Graduate Certificate in performance is a two-year, 16-unit program consisting of individual instruction, studio class, and two ensembles, or the equivalent thereof, each semester. This graduate-level program is designed for students who have completed their undergraduate education in music, or its equivalent, and intend to concentrate their energies on the full-time development of their discipline.

Refer to the USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements here.

See the Thornton Admission page for specific application information here.

The Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship is a partnership between USC Thornton, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), and the Inner-City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA). The Fellowship offers rigorous training to top-tier string musicians in the Graduate Certificate (GCRT) program at USC Thornton, as well as a generous financial package covering full tuition and living expenses. The purpose of the Fellowship is to help address the broad lack of diversity in American orchestras. GCRT applicants in Cello, Viola, or Violin from communities that are underrepresented in professional orchestras are strongly encouraged to apply for the Fellowship. To be considered for the Fellowship, applicants must apply for the GCRT program, indicate their interest in being considered for the Fellowship in the USC Thornton SlideRoom Application where prompted, and follow all of the standard GCRT application and audition requirements. No additional Fellowship application is required. Some additional requirements may be communicated to final-round candidates later in the Fellowship selection process.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

The United States Department of Education requires that not-for-profit educational institutions disclose certain types of information regarding programs that do not lead to a degree. These federal regulations are designed to provide information about programs leading to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The following link provides the required information for the Graduate Certificate program in Music Performance.