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.
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 requirements »
Current Oberlin College Students
This application is for our current liberal arts students who wish to audition for the conservatory.View requirements »
Choose a Graduate or Artist Diploma application process to complete.
Artist Diploma in Piano Technology
This two-year program in piano technology emphasizes the collaborative relationship between the concert artist and piano technician.View requirements »
Recording Arts and Production
This one- or two-year program emphasizes a holistic approach to recording arts and production, marrying technical mastery with deep musical understanding.View requirements »
Master of Music in Historical Performance
This competitive two-year program for students skilled in historical instruments combines performance and musicology.View requirements »
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.
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.