Conservatory Admissions

Auditions

Auditions

Audition Requests

All areas other than Composition and TIMARA require an audition. Composition and TIMARA applicants require an interview.

Auditions are scheduled as part of the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission and will be confirmed upon submission of the application. No audition will be scheduled without submission of the application for admission. For more information on application requirements and to begin the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission, please visit our Apply webpage. Please note that the application deadline is December 1 (November 1 for Early Review).

Screening Requirements

Live auditions (on campus and regional) in Piano, Voice and Jazz Studies require submission of Screening Recordings through the Oberlin Conservatory of Music Audition Dropbox on DecisionDesk. Auditions in these areas will be confirmed after review of the submitted Screening Recordings. Screening recordings must be received by the application deadline of December 1 (November 1 for Early Review). Screening recordings received after this deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Conservatory Admissions Office. See the specific audition requirements for your instrument for more information on screening requirements.

Audition Categories

The Conservatory accepts auditions in three different formats. Personal auditions are encouraged of all applicants who live within 600 miles of campus or within 200 miles of a regional audition site.

1.    On Campus Audition: Five audition weekends are hosted on Oberlin’s campus each year. The following link contains information about on campus auditions and contains a preliminary audition weekend schedule: audition weekend information

2.    Regional Audition:  Regional auditions are offered at sites in Asia during the month of October and throughout the United States during the months of January and February.  The auditions are audio and video recorded then brought back to campus for the faculty to evaluate. Please note: regional auditions are not heard in harp, classical percussion, jazz percussion, and organ.

3.    Recorded Audition:  If an on campus audition or a regional audition is not possible, applicants may submit a video recording electronically through the Oberlin Conservatory of Music Audition Dropbox on DecisionDesk. Videos may be unaccompanied (except for voice auditions) and may be produced with high quality home recording equipment; studio quality recording is not necessary. The following video formats will be accepted: avi, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, qt, and wmv. Deadline for submission of Recorded Auditions is February 15.

Supplemental Recordings

Most commonly this might be requested by the evaluator at a Regional Audition if it is felt the submission of additional audition material is advisable in order to fulfill the audition requirements. Supplemental recordings should be submitted electronically through the Oberlin Conservatory of Music Audition Dropbox on DecisionDesk.

Interview Requests (Composition and TIMARA applicants only)

No instrumental audition is required for consideration in this program. Students do not perform instrumental auditions, rather, applicants are invited to interview with Composition faculty on campus.

Interviews are scheduled as part of the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission. As application to these areas requires the submission of a Screening Portfolio, the requested interview will be confirmed after review of the submitted Screening Portfolio. For more information regarding screening requirements, see the specific audition requirements for your area of interest. Please note that the application deadline is December 1 (November 1 for Early Review).

No interview will be scheduled without submission of the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission. For more information on application requirements and to begin the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission, please visit our Apply webpage.