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Graduate Performance Diploma

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Required Application Materials

Once you have started your application, you can save your progress and return to your application at any time. When you have completed your application, you will be able to review and submit it before paying the application fee of $120. Once your application has been submitted, you will not be able to make changes.

After you have submitted your application…


PRE-SCREENING VIDEO RECORDINGS are required in the majors listed below for those wishing to audition in person at Peabody. Those auditioning during the USA Schools of Music Tour in Asia are NOT required to submit a pre-screening video recording.

Selections must be performed without editing. The faculty will make its decisions in December or in early January. We should have results to you roughly one month before Audition Week.

Pre-screening video recordings must be uploaded no later than December 1st for February Auditions and April 15th for May Auditions.

  • Flute – (February Auditions Only) Pre-screening and audition repertoire
    While not officially required, the flute faculty prefers pre-screening video recordings to be accompanied. Pre-screening is not required for those performing their complete audition in Asia, or by video recording. Applicants applying solely for a position in Marina Picinnini’s studio are advised to audition in person at Peabody.
  • Percussion – Pre-screening repertoire
    Current Peabody students are exempt from pre-screening.Contact Admissions to waive the requirement.
  • Piano – Pre-screening and audition repertoire
    Selections on the video recording do not have to be the same ones you will perform for your audition. Piano majors passing the recorded pre-screening must audition in person at Peabody. Please note that we tend to run short of on-campus audition slots. If we have too many applicants after the pre-screening is complete we will schedule auditions in the order the applications were received. Current Peabody students are exempt from pre-screening. Contact Admissions to waive the requirement.

Recommendation Letters

You will be asked to submit email addresses for three people who know your musical ability. These people will automatically be emailed with instructions on how to electronically submit their recommendation.While you must submit these email addresses by the December 1st deadline, your recommenders will have until February 1st (February Auditions only) or April 15th (May Auditions) to submit their recommendations. If you want to change your recommender or their email address after submitting your application, contact the Admissions office.

Teacher Preference

You may list two Peabody teacher preference choices on your application. Biographies are listed alphabetically here, or you can find their information on the specific page under Area of Study. Information about how we match teachers and students, as well as how to change your teacher choice after submission, can be found on our FAQ page.


International students: If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scores must be sent to us by the respective testing services. If we do not have an official test score for you by February 1st, your application will be considered “incomplete” and we will be unable to make an admission decision. Our TOEFL code number is 5532. We look for a TOEFL score of 79 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. International assitantship applicants must produce an acceptable score by the December 1st deadline.

College Transcripts

Please scan and upload your transcripts from the colleges you have attended to our application.These transcripts may be official or unofficial copies. Please include classes that are in progress for which you have not yet received grades. We will not accept any hard copy transcripts during the application process. They must be uploaded to your application. Once you have been accepted, if you choose to come to Peabody, we will ask you to request that your school send a hard copy, final transcript before orientation.

International applicants are required to upload all transcripts in English.

Repertoire List

Upload a representative list of the repertoire you have studied in your major instrument or area.

Composition applicants: list your own works with instrumentation. Please star (*) repertoire performed in public.
Piano or Voice applicants: upload a complete repertoire list.


Upload a copy of your resume.

Financial Aid Application

(deadline is March 1st for February Auditions and April 15th for May Auditions)

Please visit our Financial Aid page for information.


  • About a month before your in-person audition, you will receive an invitation stating the day and time you are scheduled to perform. Audition requirements are available on our audition repertoire page. The audition typically lasts about 15 minutes.
  • Accompanists are provided for voice auditions held at Peabody. Accompanists are not required for other majors, but you may bring one if you wish.
  • On the day of your audition, plan to arrive early and check in at the reception area. A warm-up room will be made available approximately 45 minutes before your audition time. If you change your audition repertoire, make 10 copies of the new list of titles to bring with you to your audition.

Recorded Auditions

Audition recordings must be video. Selections must be performed without editing. If you choose to audition by recording, you will not hear from us until April 1st when the admissions decisions are released.

The following cannot audition by recording:

  • Applicants living in the contiguous 48 states
  • Pianists
  • Percussionists
  • Conductors
  • Applicants for Graduate Assistantships

If you choose to audition by recording, you must still submit and seal your application by the December 1st deadline, but you will be allowed to upload your recorded audition any time before February 1st.

For May applicants, please submit your recorded audition by the April 15th deadline.

Asia Regional Auditions: Those auditioning during the USA Schools of Music Tour in Asia are NOT required to submit a pre-screening video recording. Voice applicants taking part in the Asia regional auditions must provide their own accompanist.

When will you learn the results?

Information from your audition/interview, along with the rest of your credentials, will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. On April 1 (June 14 for May auditions), we will send you an email containing audition results and access to other information related to your application. Decisions for incomplete applications will not be made until we receive the missing information.