Music is more than a profession. It is a calling. Many dream of success, but few possess the determination to achieve it. To be a musician is to devote yourself to constant improvement of technical skills, but it is also something else. Today’s professional requires a range of expertise once considered unnecessary: technological proficiency, knowledge of repertoire beyond the classical Western idiom, entrepreneurial savvy, and more.
Auditions are scheduled as part of the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission and will be confirmed upon submission of your application. Deadline is December 1.
Music at Oberlin
Requirements & Deadlines
We seek students who are dedicated to music, devoted to growth and challenge, and eager to join a close-knit, thriving performance community. If you can picture yourself on our stages and beyond, we encourage you to apply.
Choose which undergraduate application process you want to complete.
First-time, Transfer, and International Applicants
If you’re attending college for the first time, are transferring with some college credit, or are an international student, this application is for you.View applicant requirements »
Current Oberlin College Students
This application is for our current liberal arts students who wish to audition for the conservatory.Apply as a current Oberlin College student »
Choose a Graduate or Artist Diploma application process to complete.
This four-semester program is for exceptional musicians who have earned the BM or its equivalent or who have acquired extensive musical experience or training, and who want private applied study without additional course requirements.View requirements for Artist Diploma »
Master of Music in Historical Performance
This competitive two-year program for students skilled in historical instruments combines performance and musicology.View MMHP requirements »
Master of Contemporary Chamber Music
This fully funded, professionally focused degree program is designed to launch chamber ensembles of exceptional promise.
Get to Know us Better
We’re available to answer your questions about the Conservatory experience. You can also experience the Conservatory by visiting campus, attending classes and rehearsals, and meeting with our esteemed faculty. Can't visit campus? Take a virtual tour.
Learn More about Oberlin
Areas of Study
We offer seven majors, nine degree programs, and 42 areas of private, applied study.
Double Degree Program
Embrace your enthusiasm for both music and liberal arts. In five years or fewer, you emerge with a bachelor of arts, a bachelor of music, and a wide array of options for life after Oberlin.
Attend a Rehearsal
What’s a rehearsal or classroom experience like at the conservatory? Schedule a visit to get a feel for the musical and intellectual life of the school.