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Artist Diploma in Violin
Memphis Symphony Orchestra Artists-in-Residence and the
University of Memphis Artist Diploma in Violin
Fall 2015 Entry Information

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra offers a two-year Artist-in-Residence program in partnership with the University of Memphis. Students enrolled in the program work toward the Artist Diploma in Violin and receive a full-tuition waiver and a $6,000-stipend.

Admission to the program is based upon a live audition before a panel representing the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the University of Memphis string area faculty and also upon the applicant's full acceptance by the University of Memphis Graduate School. Auditions will be held for applicants who have been invited to audition after participating in a screening process.

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra exists to create meaningful experiences through music and fulfills this with a vision of community service through artistry, education, and community engagement.  Since 1952, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been an economic, artistic, and educational force in the Mid-South. Today more than six hundred musicians, staff, and volunteers in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Chorus, and the Memphis Symphony League operate with a $4 million dollar budget to present symphonic music to radio, television and live audiences of more than half a million people annually. The Artist Diploma is a post-baccalaureate program, designed for those ready to embark on performing careers but desiring to delve further into mastering the artistry and craft of the violin within a supportive university environment.  It offers opportunities to perform regularly with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra while studying with violin faculty at the University of Memphis.

Artist Diploma students receive weekly lessons leading to two required violin recitals. The Artist Diploma curriculum offers considerable flexibility to the individual student. In addition to studio violin lessons, students take part in an orchestral excerpts course with the Concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, perform in the University Symphony Orchestra, and have the opportunity to take electives. Artist Diploma students may enroll in any graduate or undergraduate class to best meet their individual needs. For more information about the curriculum, see the Graduate Handbook.

Four Artist-in-Residence positions will be open in Fall 2015.  Violinists must pass a screening and be invited to audition.  The deadline date for submissions for screening is Monday, January 12, 2015.  Auditions will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 and Saturday, February 28, 2015 in the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music building on the University of Memphis campus.
Audition requirements are: two movements from a Bach solo sonata or partita, first movement of a romantic concerto, and three contrasting excerpts: Strauss Don Juan, first page; Mozart Symphony no. 39 in E-flat Major, first movement, beginning to bar 97; and Brahms Symphony no. 4 in E minor, movement 4, bar 33 to letter D.

To make your online application, we recommend that you use Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox browsers.  To participate in the screening, submit a Graduate Application online at You will be asked to log-in to Decision Desk in order to make your application to the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music.  Decision Desk charges $15 per application to submit the online application.  Plan to use credit or debit card; the online fee is not refundable.  Applying online allows faculty to review your application in the most timely fashion, and is the easiest and fastest way to apply to the School of Music. You will be able to Save and Exit your application, and go back until it is complete.  Once your application is submitted, you will be able to revisit but not change the content of your application except for resending your recommendation requests.  For technical assistance with your application email For non-technical assistance, email For more information, read Application Information.

As a part of your application you will be asked to submit your curriculum vitae and your repertoire list. Be prepared to indicate the names and email addresses of two recommenders who will be notified about your request for recommendation. Please upload video material of you performing an exposition of the first movement of a standard concerto and two orchestral excerpts of your choice. You will be asked to provide titles and composers of your audition pieces. This, in addition to basic contact information and questions about your musical experience and education, constitutes the online screening application.


Submit screening materials by Monday, January 12. Applicants will be invited to audition by Friday, January 16. On Monday, January 19 applicants invited to audition contact Kay Yager regarding their audition day and applications to the School of Music and to the University of Memphis., 901-678-3766. Live auditions held on February 21 and February 28, 2015.

Information for those who will be invited to audition

Artist Diploma in Violin applicants must be accepted by audition and by the University of Memphis. Applications to the University of Memphis Graduate School must be made by March 1, 2015. An undergraduate degree is required.   GRE or MAT exams are not required of Artist Diploma – Violin applicants. On the University application select "Artist Diploma in Music CERT" as your planned course of study.

Deadline date for International Students to apply to Graduate Admissions for the fall semester is May 1 however it is suggested that international students allow four months for documents to arrive and be processed. All applicants whose native language is not English must supply results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
For more information about acceptance as a graduate student at the University of Memphis, see and



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