Program Description




The Advanced Performance Program runs from September to May, providing students with the opportunity to fully experience the following non-credit offerings while giving them the flexibility to take private lessons with an instructor of their choice: 

  • Weekly 1-2 hour masterclasses, held on Mondays, with designated APP faculty or guest artists, accompanied by assigned collaborative pianist (15 classes per semester; 30-60 hours per year)
  • 25 rehearsal hours per year with assigned collaborative pianist
  • Weekly 80-minute chamber ensemble coachings, held on Mondays, with designated APP 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. 
  • 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, to name a few.

  • Additional solo and chamber ensemble performance opportunities include community outreach concerts
  • Daily access to practice studios and pianos in our world-class facility   


* Please Note:

Taking weekly private lessons is imperative and expected of all APP students (private lesson fees are not included in APP tuition)

As orchestra participation is not mandatory for APP students, orchestra fees are not included in APP tuition fees

Expectations and Requirements

All APP students are expected to:

  • attend their respective masterclasses, rehearsals and workshops - punctuality is of essence
  • be prepared to play in their respective weekly masterclasses
  • perform two recitals, one 45-minute solo recital and one chamber recital per year in front of a formal jury.* 
  • attendance of all three Wyatt Series concerts is expected - a season subscription is included in the APP tuition
  • 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 students who fail to adhere to the requirements of the program throughout the year


* To prepare for these recitals, students must submit an intended repertoire list to their private instructor and collaborative pianist or their chamber coach 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 depends on outstanding achievement in each of these recitals