Graduate Performance Certificate

This program has been designed to provide graduate level instruction to performers interested in professional development. Outcomes of the Certificate include:

  • improving technical ability of performers
  • enhancing performing artistry
  • expanding repertoire

The Certificate in Performance requires 15 hours of coursework, including 4 semesters of lessons with the last semester including a full-length recital, and three semesters of a Major Ensemble or a combination of a Major Ensemble or Keyboard Accompaniment (for Keyboard Players only).  It is currently available for all instruments and voice types.


Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by earning a score of at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test, or a minimum score of 40 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE). The Internet-based TOEFL examination (TOEFL iBT) will be accepted as an alternative to the paper and computer-based TOEFL for admission purposes. Students taking TOEFL iBT must attain a minimum total test score of 79. Those who do not meet the English proficiency requirement must satisfactorily complete courses in the ESOL area, as approved by the program and the Graduate School.

To be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistant position, a student must score 23 on the Speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT, 45 on the TSE, or 7 on the Speaking section of the IELTS.

Students in this certificate program who later seek graduate degrees at UTA may apply 12 hours of Certificate coursework within 6 years of completion and award of the Certificate, if they meet the admission requirements for the graduate degree and receive approval from the appropriate Graduate Studies Committee and the Dean of the Graduate School. Admission as a special student in no way guarantees subsequent unconditional admission into a graduate program or into the Graduate School.

Graduate Advisor

Dr. Clifton Evans, D.M.A. University of Houston

Department of Music

Associate Professor, Director of Orchestras, Strings Area Coordinator, Graduate Advisor

Area: Strings

Clifton Evans


Phone #: 817-272-5027

Office: FA 253-A

Bio: Dr. Clifton Evans currently serves as Director of Orchestras, Associate Professor of Music, and String Area Coordinator at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Evans has enjoyed a conducting career that has taken him to Hong Kong, England, China, Austria, the Czech Republic and throughout the United States. Highly sought after as a clinician and lecturer, Dr. Evans has conducted numerous Region Orchestras and Bands and given multiple lectures on conducting and rehearsal technique. His upcoming schedule includes a return engagement with the American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Orchestra in Houston in the summer of 2021. In addition to his duties as a professor at UTA, Dr. Evans maintains an active schedule at summer festivals, conventions, and workshops. For six years, he conducted the Fargason concerts for the Texas Music Teachers Association, which featured concerto competition winners selected from across the state of Texas. He has also conducted the prestigious American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Orchestra in Houston numerous times and has been invited back for the 2020 season. In the summers of 2010, 2013, and 2017, he presented conducting workshops and other lectures at the state convention for the Texas Orchestra Directors Association in San Antonio. Each summer at UTA, he serves as Executive Director and a faculty member of the Texas Conducting Workshop, a program he founded together with the string faculty, and Summer Strings, a camp that hosts roughly 400 students from throughout the Metroplex. Dr. Evans’ previous positions include Artistic Director of the Arlington Youth Symphony, Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Music Director for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston, Conductor for the Houston Youth Symphony, and Music Director and Conductor of the Houston Civic Symphony. He currently maintains professional memberships in TMEA, TODA, Conductors Guild, and Mu Omicron. He is an honorary member of the Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi chapters at UTA and also served as the faculty advisor to the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia chapter for 5 years. He resides in Arlington with his wife, Christy, and their children.