Advanced Performer's Certificate

Advanced Performer's Certificate

Available for piano or organ only.

The Advanced Performers Certificate is intended for students who demonstrate the potential to establish a career as a performing artist. Accordingly, the goals of this non-degree program are more narrowly focused than traditional graduate performance degrees. The requirements for the Advanced Performers Certificate Program are designed for students who have demonstrated the ability to perform advanced repertoire and whose artistic communication and technical mastery of major repertoire for the instrument are unusually strong. It is expected that the student applying for admission to the program will have completed a Bachelor of Music degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution. Those applying for admission to the Advanced Performers Certificate Program must follow the procedures and regulations of other students applying for acceptance to the Graduate Division of the School of Music. (GRE not required)

Students who have been admitted to the Advanced Performers Certificate Program will be advised on course content by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Music in consultation with the major teacher and the Director of Keyboard Studies. Assessment of Progress in the Program Students will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program. Recitals must receive a grade of A- to be passed. A committee consisting of four Keyboard Division faculty, one faculty member from another applied division, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Music will grade the required recitals. A probationary semester will be granted when a student’s GPA falls below the required GPA. Students placed on probationary status will be evaluated yearly by the Dean of the School of Music, the major teacher involved, and any members of the Keyboard Division faculty assigned by the Dean.

Residency Requirements

All course requirements for the Advanced Performers Certificate Program must be completed in residence at Baylor University. The student may complete the credit requirements in four regular Fall-Spring semesters or may distribute the semester hours over four regular Fall-Spring semesters and two summer terms. The minimum time allowed to complete the requirements is two years and the maximum is three years.

Language Requirement

All international students whose first language is not English must achieve a TOEFL score of 550 (213 computer based or 80 Internet based), IELTS score of 6.5 or DuoLingo score of 125 to be admitted to the Advanced Performers Certificate Program.

Course Requirements

20 Applied Major
 4  Chamber Music*
 6  Music Courses**
 2  MUS 5170 Two solo recitals
32 TOTAL semester hours

*Select from MUS 5130, 5131, 5132, 5133, 5136. Note: this includes two full-length collaborative recitals.

**Select literature, pedagogy, music history or music theory courses appropriate to the area and for which the student is qualified.

Additional courses not included in the program curriculum may be added upon consultation with the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Music, the major teacher, and the Director of Keyboard Studies. Added courses will not be counted toward the requirement. 

If you have any questions about this program, contact the Director of the Keyboard Division.

Organ Program

The organ program at Baylor University offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees and an Advanced Performer’s Certificate. Students can major in organ performance, church music with organ concentration, or organ as a secondary major. In addition to applied lessons, classes in service playing/improvisation, choir conducting, harpsichord, (jazz-) piano, etc., prepare students for successful careers as church musicians, concert organists, and educators.

Performance and Service Opportunities

Organ majors regularly perform with Baylor University’s choirs and orchestras, in chamber music and early music ensembles, and as soloists, both on and off campus. Students usually hold positions in one of the many churches in the Waco area, where they can apply their skills and gather valuable practical experience.

Travel Opportunities

The organ studio regularly goes on study trips to major instruments in the US and in Europe.

Past destinations include Paris, London, Haarlem, Leipzig, New York and Philadelphia. These trips offer students the possibility to experience first-hand the sounds of the instruments that inspired many of the masterworks of the organ repertoire. Encounters with local organists and visits to major monuments, museums, and operas/concert halls provide students with an immersive experience in the culture of the respective destinations.

Guest Artists

We offer many opportunities to learn from other leading professional teachers and performers in the field. Recent distinguished guests have included Paul Jacobs, Ken Cowan, Alan Morrison, Johann Vexo, Jean-Baptiste Robin and Simon Johnson.

Alumni Success

Our alumni currently hold positions with the Nashville and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, as faculty and adjunct faculty in U.S. universities, and at numerous churches across the country. Baylor organ graduates pursuing higher education have been accepted into advanced degree programs at many of our nation’s finest institutions.

Organ Faculty

Associate Professor of Organ

Associate Professor of Organ

Praised as “a virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition” who creates “performances that are deeply musically satisfying as well as exciting” (The American Organist), German organist Dr. Jens Korndörfer is regularly invited at the most prestigious venues and festivals around the world.

A top-honor graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, the Oberlin Conservatory, the Musikhochschule in Bayreuth, and McGill University in Montreal, Korndörfer’s teachers include Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, James David Christie, and Ludger Lohmann. Prior to his appointment at Baylor University, he was Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta - where he also directed a highly successful concert series -, and taught at Georgia State University. Korndörfer recently founded the National High School Organ Competition at Baylor University.

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National High School Organ Competition

An opportunity for talented young organists to gain valuable performance experience and recognition.

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