Bibbins Hall
Bibbins Hall is the main classroom building for Oberlin Conservatory students. It also houses faculty studios, administrative offices, classrooms, and more. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

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 profession requires a range of expertise once considered unnecessary: technological proficiency, knowledge of repertoire beyond the classical Western idiom, entrepreneurial savvy, and more.

Fall 2020 Admissions Visits

To our prospective students and families:

Due to social distancing measures required by the global COVID-19 pandemic, some admission-related visit options, such as sample faculty lessons, class visits and ensemble visits, have been suspended. However, we are happy to offer a combined information session and tour to a limited number of conservatory prospective students each weekday. The Conservatory Information Session will take place inside the Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space; however, the conservatory tour will remain entirely outside. Please check our current COVID-19 Visit Guidelines to help you plan for a visit to Oberlin. We continue to offer a variety of dynamic virtual sessions for prospective students as well.

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Audition Requests

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.

Get to Know us Better

We’re available to answer your questions about the Conservatory experience. You can also experience the Conservatory remotely via the virtual tour and online information sessions.

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.

Costs & Aid

We’re committed to meeting 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need of every admitted student.