Conservatory Admissions

Graduate Study Options

Graduate Study Options

The Master of Contemporary Chamber Music (MCCM): is a professionally focused, tuition-free two-year graduate program designed to launch chamber music ensembles of exceptional artistic and creative potential. Through curriculum of intensive coaching combined with individual applied study, coursework in theory and musicology designed to deepen analytical and stylistic perspectives, and entrepreneurship courses that develop professional support skills as well as foster an innovative approach, ensembles will develop their craft, artistry, and programming over the course of the program. Ensembles will benefit from faculty mentoring as well as support from touring, recording and competitions and will be eligible to apply for startup funding offered through Oberlin’s Creativity & Leadership project.

This fully-funded MCCM is designed for pre-existing chamber ensembles that have been already working together as an ensemble. Ensembles can have 3-7 members and can consist of any instrumentation. Ensembles are expected to be available for fulltime study and should be without management at the point of matriculation. No more that one ensemble will be accepted into the program during the inaugural year of 2013-2014. 

The Master of Music (MM) in Performance on Historical Instruments: is a two-year program intended for a limited number of students who have acquired skills on historical instruments and who wish to pursue practical study in performance in combination with the study of performance practice and musicology.

The Master of Music in Teaching (MMT): is a 14-month degree program, beginning in June, leading to initial teaching licensure in PreK-12 music education, with field experiences focusing on public school and community music school teaching.

The Artist Diploma: This four-semester program, offered only in certain performance departments, is intended for a limited number of exceptionally gifted performers who have completed the BMus or its equivalent, who have acquired extensive musical background through institutional or private studies or through unusual performing experiences, and who wish to concentrate on private applied study without additional course requirements. Students who enroll in and/or complete the Artist Diploma program may not transfer to the Bachelor of Music degree program.

The following is only offered to Oberlin Undergraduates. The Master of Music (MM) (Choral Conducting) (Instrumental Conducting) in Conducting for Oberlin students meeting the prerequisites, open by audition during the junior year at Oberlin, is integrated with an Oberlin Bachelor of Music degree with a major in performance, composition, electronic and computer music, or music history.