Conservatory Admissions

Contemporary Music Division

Contemporary Music Division

Details on requirements for auditions in MCCM, Composition, and TIMARA.

Composition
Applicants in Composition are required to submit the Unified Application and a screening portfolio prior to being invited to interview on campus. The deadline for receipt of the application and screening portfolio is December 1 (November 1 for Early Review). Screening portfolios received after the deadline will be reviewed and considered at the discretion of the Composition Department and the Admissions Office.  Applicants will receive e-mail notification of the screening decision by mid-December (mid-November for Early Review). Those applicants who progress beyond the screening process will receive an invitation to interview on campus and information about submitting additional materials.
Composition Screening
The Composition screening portfolio should consist of 3 original scores (and recordings, if possible). Scores will be judged on their imaginativeness, idiomatic instrumental/vocal writing, development of musical ideas, textural variety, and accurate, legible notation. Materials can be submitted via digital upload to our Audition Dropbox (list of formats) or by mail. Mailed materials should be sent to Conservatory Admissions, 39 W. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074. Appropriate formats include computer-engraved scores and/or photocopies of hand-written manuscripts, and audio recordings on CD. Presentation and thoroughness of the portfolio are very important. Please carefully label all items and include a completed Audition Materials Mailing Form.
Composition Interviews
Details of the various events occurring during audition weekends will be communicated after the screening process.
Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA)
Interested applicants who have substantial preparation in a traditional performance medium, acoustic composition, and/or related art forms, but little or no experience in music technology, are encouraged to submit a screening portfolio.  The TIMARA Faculty place more value on creativity and artistic expression than technological wizardry. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the TIMARA Faculty with questions about the program.
2013 - 2014 On-campus TIMARA Interview Dates
Saturday, December 7, 2013 (for applicants invited to interview for early review)?            
Saturday, February 15, 2013 (for applicants invited to interview)?            
Saturday, February 22, 2013 (for applicants invited to interview)
TIMARA Screening
Applicants in TIMARA are required to submit the Unified Application and a screening portfolio prior to being invited to interview on campus.  The deadline for receipt of the application and screening portfolio is December 1 (November 1 for Early Review). Screening portfolios received after the deadline will be reviewed and considered at the discretion of the TIMARA Department and the Admissions Office.  Applicants will receive e-mail notification of the screening decision by mid-December (mid-November for Early Review). Those applicants who progress beyond the screening process will receive an invitation to interview on campus and information about submitting additional materials.
The TIMARA screening portfolio should consist of 3 examples of creative work. Applicants are encouraged to submit a variety of works that illustrate skill in more than one style, aesthetic approach, and compositional technique, including but not limited to purely electronic works, purely acoustic works, and video works. Materials can be submitted via digital upload to our Audition Dropbox (list of formats) or by mail. 
Mailed materials should be sent to Conservatory Admissions, 39 W. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074. Appropriate formats include CD for purely electronic works, printed notation of purely acoustic works, and DVD of video works. Presentation and thoroughness of the portfolio are very important. Please carefully label all items and include a completed Audition Materials Mailing Form.
TIMARA Interviews
Details of the various events occurring during audition weekends will be communicated after the screening process.

Master of Contemporary Chamber Music

2014-2015 On-Campus MCCM Audition Dates

TBD

MCCM Audition Requirements

The ensemble (a preexisting group with 3-7 members) must audition on campus before the MCCM program committee. The ensemble audition should include a contrasting program of at least three works.  In addition, each member of the ensemble must audition individually for the relevant studio faculty.

  • Ensemble audition consisting of three works of contrasting styles
  • Ensemble interview by the MCCM committee
  • Individual performance audition (follow audition requirements for undergraduates)

Composition

Applicants in Composition are required to submit the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission and a screening portfolio prior to being invited to interview on campus. The deadline for receipt of the application and screening portfolio is December 1 (November 1 for Early Review). Screening portfolios received after the deadline will be reviewed and considered at the discretion of the Composition Department and the Admissions Office.  Applicants will receive e-mail notification of the screening decision by mid-December (mid-November for Early Review). Those applicants who progress beyond the screening stage will receive an invitation to interview on campus and information about submitting additional materials. If an applicant is not able to attend an on-campus interview, the Composition faculty will consider conducting a Skype interview.

2014-2015 On-Campus Composition Interview Dates

December 6, 2014
February 7, 2015
February 14, 2015
February 28, 2015

Composition Screening

The Composition screening portfolio should consist of 3 original scores (and recordings, if possible). Scores will be judged on their imaginativeness, idiomatic instrumental/vocal writing, development of musical ideas, textural variety, and accurate, legible notation. Scores will be accepted in PDF format (Sibelius or Finale files will not be accepted). Scores and recordings can be submitted via digital upload to our Audition Dropbox or by mail. Mailed materials should be sent to Conservatory Admissions, 39 W. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074. Appropriate formats include computer-engraved scores and/or photocopies of hand-written manuscripts, and audio recordings on CD. Presentation and thoroughness of the portfolio are very important. Please carefully label all items and include a completed Materials Mailing Form.

Composition Interviews

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. If an applicant is not able to attend an on-campus interview, the Composition faculty will consider conducting a Skype interview. Details of the various events occurring during interview weekends will be communicated after the screening stage.

Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA)

Interested applicants who have substantial preparation in a traditional performance medium, acoustic composition, and/or related art forms, but little or no experience in music technology, are encouraged to submit a screening portfolio.  The TIMARA Faculty place more value on creativity and artistic expression than technological wizardry. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the TIMARA Faculty with questions about the program.

2014-2015 On-Campus TIMARA Interview Dates

December 6, 2014
February 7, 2015
February 21, 2015
February 28, 2015

TIMARA Screening

Applicants in TIMARA are required to submit the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission and a screening portfolio prior to being invited to interview on campus.  The deadline for receipt of the application and screening portfolio is December 1 (November 1 for Early Review). Screening portfolios received after the deadline will be reviewed and considered at the discretion of the TIMARA Department and the Admissions Office.  Applicants will receive e-mail notification of the screening decision by mid-December (mid-November for Early Review). Those applicants who progress beyond the screening stage will receive an invitation to interview on campus and information about submitting additional materials. If an applicant is not able to attend an on-campus interview, the TIMARA faculty will consider conducting a Skype interview.

The TIMARA screening portfolio should consist of 3 examples of creative work. Applicants are encouraged to submit a variety of works that illustrate skill in more than one style, aesthetic approach, and compositional technique, including but not limited to purely electronic works, purely acoustic works, and video works. We do not require a score be included in the portfolio, however if applicants have pieces that are notated we encourage you to include the score with any recordings. Materials can be submitted via digital upload to our Audition Dropbox or by mail.

Mailed materials should be sent to Conservatory Admissions, 39 W. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074. Appropriate formats include CD for purely electronic works, printed notation of purely acoustic works, and DVD of video works. Presentation and thoroughness of the portfolio are very important. Please carefully label all items and include a completed Materials Mailing Form.

TIMARA Interviews

No instrumental audition is required for consideration in this program. Students do not perform instrumental auditions, rather, applicants are invited to interview with TIMARA faculty. If an applicant is not able to attend an on-campus interview, the TIMARA faculty will consider conducting a Skype interview. Details of the various events occurring during interview weekends will be communicated after the screening stage.