The Diploma is a two-year undergraduate program in Music Performance or Collaborative Piano, with a prerequisite of a Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent.

Applicants to the Diploma program must (1) successfully meet the admission requirements of both UBC and the UBC School of Music and (2) apply to both. Complete the online UBC application (and submit any required items), then complete the UBC School of Music Diploma application information and form.

Deadline for application to UBC is January 15, 2018 and deadline for applying to the School of Music is January 15, 2018.

Audition Dates will be held in March 2018 — dates to be confirmed. If you are planning to upload video files as part of a distance audition, the deadline to upload your files is March 1, 2018.

Preferred deadlines are listed above, but late applications may be considered. Please contact for information about late applications.  

Please note that Diploma students are not eligible for scholarships and other types of financial support, including student loans and work study programs. 



Diploma in Music Performance

The Diploma in Performance Studies is an advanced program designed to prepare vocalists and instrumentalists for professional performing careers through private instruction and intensive solo and ensemble performance experiences. A minimum residency of one Winter Session (September to April) is required. In general, applicants should have training equivalent to that of B.Mus. performance graduates of UBC.

Audition requirements: Your audition will last 30 minutes. Students should bring prepared pieces that will show musical potential as well as technical facility, and should bring an accompanist if desired (an accompanist will be provided for vocal auditions only).



Diploma in Collaborative Piano Studies

The School of Music offers a two-year Diploma in Collaborative Piano Studies. The unique demands of collaborative work with singers and instrumentalists require specialized training for pianists. The Diploma program combines repertoire study with a diverse array of courses designed to enhance specific skills, in preparation for, or in place of, graduate degree work in collaborative piano. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, normally in piano performance, including several years of experience in collaborative work, in both vocal and chamber music, and with very strong proficiency in sight reading. Some study of German and of French or Italian is recommended.

Audition Requirements:

  • One short solo piece containing some virtuosic element
  • Movement 2 or 4 of the Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano (some substitution possible with approval from Professor Rena Sharon)
  • One substantial opera aria
  • Two songs
  • One opera aria to be specified by faculty
  • Partners can be provided by the School of Music. 
  • Contact Professor Rena Sharon at with any questions relating to audition requirements.

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