Professional Diploma in Chamber Music

Offered in: Chicago

The Professional Diploma in Chamber Music is designed to provide guidance, support, and opportunities to an established post-baccalaureate string quartet seeking to develop a career as a performing ensemble. Students matriculate into the program as an ensemble, rather than as individuals.

The curriculum is focused on artistic development along with professional and outreach skills. The program contains the following components: study, coaching, and performance in the private lesson as well as the ensemble setting; participation in Orchestra; mentoring and practical experiences in professional development and community engagement.

Admission requirements

The program is open to formed string quartets, each member of which will have an earned bachelor's degree in music, to be admitted on the basis of a successful group audition. For additional information, consult the CCPA Admission and Audition Information webpage.


Applied Study 451-454 (Violin, Viola, or Violoncello)8
Quartet Study (four semesters)8
Seminar in Community Engagement (four semesters)8
Seminar in Professional Development (four semesters)8
ENS 402SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (four semesters)4
Total Credit Hours36