Program Description

 

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The Advanced Performance Program Certificate is currently offered in 3 different formats

 

Option 1:

Provides students with the opportunity to experience the full benefits of the program and consists of the following non-credit classes:

  • Weekly 1-2 hour masterclasses, held on Mondays, with designated APP Certificate faculty or guest artists, accompanied by assigned collaborative pianist (15 classes per semester; 30-60 hours per year)
  • Weekly 90-minute private lessons with the MRU Conservatory instructor of your choice (15 lessons per semester; 45 hours per year)
  • Weekly 30-minute rehearsals with an assigned professional collaborative pianist (16 rehearsals per semester; 16 hours per year)*
  • Weekly 80-minute chamber ensemble coachings, held on Mondays, with designated APP Certificate faculty (15 coachings per semester; 40 hours per year)
  • Specialized workshops (up to 18 hours per year). Topics may include, but are not limited to: orchestral performance and audition preparation, conducting, Early Music, business of music including essay and biography writing, sound recording, improvisation, historically informed performance practice, instrumental literature, New Music, physical and mental health of performing musicians

 

Option 2:

Gives students the flexibility to privately study with an instructor of their choice while taking advantage of every other component of the APP Certificate and consists of the following classes:

  • Weekly 1-2 hour masterclasses, held on Mondays, with designated APP Certificate faculty or guest artists, accompanied by assigned collaborative pianist (15 classes per semester; 30-60 hours per year)
  • Weekly 30-minute rehearsals with an assigned professional collaborative pianist (16 rehearsals per semester; 16 hours per year)*
  • Weekly 80-minute chamber ensemble coachings, held on Mondays, with designated APP Certificate faculty (15 coachings per semester; 40 hours per year)
  • Specialized workshops (up to 18 hours per year). Topics may include, but are not limited to: orchestral performance and audition preparation, conducting, Early Music, business of music including essay and biography writing, sound recording, improvisation, historically informed performance practice, instrumental literature, New Music, physical and mental health of performing musicians

 

Option 3:

Allows students to engage in a special study program on a short-term basis (less than a year) while benefiting from all classes offered through the full program. The duration of this option is individually tailored and is ideal for international students wishing to pursue their advanced music studies while being enrolled in other programs. 

 

* APP Certificate Piano students receive 4 hours of rehearsals with an assigned professional collaborative pianist per semester (8 hours per year)


Regular opportunities to work with internationally renowned guest artists in masterclasses, private lessons and chamber music coachings

  • Past guest artists include: Yehonatan Berick, Luca Buratto, Andrés Cárdenes, Angela Cheng, Frank Cohen, James Ehnes, Amanda Forsyth, Lynn Harrell, Frans Helmerson, Deen Larsen, Stéphane Lemelin, Girardo Ribeiro, Ian Swensen, Pinchas Zukerman, among others 
  • Additional solo and chamber ensemble performance opportunities include community outreach concerts 
  • Opportunities exist in assisting faculty with teaching and chamber music coaching 
  • Daily access to practice studios in our world-class facility 

Expectations and Requirements

All APP Certificate students are expected to:

  • attend their respective masterclasses, rehearsals and workshops - punctuality is of essence
  • be prepared to play in their respective weekly masterclass or as directed by their designated APP Certificate faculty
  • perform two 45-minute solo recitals and one chamber recital per year in front of a formal jury, consisting of at least two MRU faculty members.* These recitals will take place on campus at the Mount Royal University Conservatory.
  • attend a minimum of four concerts per year followed by a one-page review of one of the concerts attended, to be submitted to the Program Administrator. These concerts should include one symphony, one chamber, one non-classical and one MRU faculty performance. Please note that attendance of Wyatt Series concerts is expected.
  • take part in a number volunteer activities throughout the year, as the Mount Royal University Conservatory strongly promotes community outreach and involvement
  • the Conservatory Administration reserves the right to dismiss without refund any APP Certificate students who fail to adhere to the requirements of the program throughout the year

 

*Applicable to Option 1 & 2 students only. To prepare for these recitals, students must submit an intended repertoire list to their private instructor and collaborative pianist for approval at the beginning of the year. This list may be changed or added to, but it must clearly represent the intended year’s work. Please note that successful completion of the Advanced Performance Program Certificate depends on outstanding achievement in each of these recitals