This four-semester program, offered only in certain performance departments, is intended for a limited number of exceptionally gifted performers who have completed the BM or its equivalent, or who have acquired extensive musical experience or training 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.

New Process for Fall 2017 Applicants!

Important Dates and Deadlines

Application for Admission December 1
Application Fee Payment December 4
Screening Materials December 4
Notification of Admission April 1
Reply/Deposit Due May 1

Step 1: Complete the Application for Admission

Deadline: December 1

Select the link below to access the Application Management portal. Follow the instructions on how to create an account to start a new application. Be sure to select the appropriate program before creating your application.

Begin the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission
Application link active by September 1

Step 2: Pay the Application Fee

Deadline: December 4

The conservatory has an application fee of $100 (application fee is non-refundable, fee waivers accepted).

After you submit the Application for Admission, you will be directed to your Applicant Portal. This portal contains a link that should be used to submit your application fee. No applicant will be granted an audition or be considered without receipt of the application fee. In addition to fee payment, the Applicant Portal can be used to track the receipt of required materials (detailed below).

Step 3: Submit your screening materials (if applicable)

Deadline: December 4

Applicants to the Piano, Voice, Flute, Harp, Jazz Studies, Composition, and TIMARA Programs require submission of screening materials for on-campus auditions, regional auditions, and interviews (if Composition or TIMARA). There is some important information about this and details on how to submit these materials on the auditions & interviews web page.

Step 4: Take the audition

The audition (or interview if composition or TIMARA) is the most important component. You can find all the available audition dates and requirements on our auditions & interviews web page. We offer many on-campus, regional, and alternative options, but if you’ve never visited campus or met with our faculty, we encourage you to use the audition as your opportunity to do so. We look forward to meeting you.

Fee Waiver

Students who wish to be considered for a fee waiver should contact the Conservatory Admissions Office at conservatory.admissions@oberlin.edu.

Applicant Portal

After submitting the Application for Admission, students receive an e-mail inviting them to log in to their online Applicant Portal. The portal contains a link to pay the application fee, as well as a complete checklist of required application materials and the status of those materials (received, waived, etc.). It also contains the Audition and Screening Dropbox, where students can submit all required and optional screening, final audition, and supplemental recordings. After an admission decision has been made, we will release the decision letter on the portal and students will be able to submit the Reply to Offer of Conservatory Admission form and pay the enrollment deposit using the portal. When there is an update available to the portal that requires some action, we will notify students via e-mail.

Tip: Bookmark your portal page after logging in, as you will return to this page many times throughout the admission process.

We do require a few other things along the way …

The items below are required of all applicants to be considered for admission to the Conservatory of Music. Select any item for more information.

Music Résumé

The music résumé should be uploaded to the Application for Admission and will be required to submit the application. It should provide an overview of your past and current professional and educational experience. Common items to list on your résumé include performance experience, teaching experience, compositions/arrangements, recordings and broadcasts, tours, competitions, affiliations/memberships, and honors/awards, among other details.

Music Teacher Recommendations (2)

Music teacher recommendations will be submitted electronically through the Application for Admission. We require three recommendations from persons who can write about the applicant's musical abilities and experiences. This could include a current private studio teacher, chamber music coach, conductor, etc. An e-mail with detailed instructions for completing the recommendation will be sent to the music teacher as soon as they are added to the application. Recommenders will then have until December 1 or two weeks after the student's submission of the application, whichever comes later, to submit the recommendations.

Academic Transcripts

Academic transcripts are required for all postsecondary institutions attended. These should be mailed to the Conservatory Admissions Office, 39 W. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074. Secondary school transcripts are not required.

International applicants are required to submit all transcripts in English.

Digital Photo

On the Applicant Portal, students will find a material upload section. Use this to upload a photo of you with your instrument.

TOEFL or IELTS (international only)

We require either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Testing System (IELTS) from all international applicants whose primary language or language of instruction is not English.

On the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission, you will be requested to provide a self-reported score for the exam taken, or the date on which you expect to take the exam. In addition, scores must be sent directly to Oberlin by the testing service. Read more information about the TOEFL at www.ets.org/toefl/. Read more information about the IELTS at www.ielts.org. A minimum TOEFL of 100 is preferred.

TOEFL Code: 1587

Passport Photo Page (international only)

Digital photo of front page of passport showing name, birth date, birth city and country, and citizenship information. Must be uploaded on the Applicant Portal.

Certification of Finances (international only)

All international applicants, regardless of aid status, must submit the International Student Certification of Finances Form by February 15. On the Applicant Portal, students will find a material upload section. Use this to submit the completed Certification of Finances form.

Financial Aid Documents

Domestic applicants:

If you are requesting need-based financial aid, then you must complete the College Board Financial Aid Profile (CSS Profile) by February 15 and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the federal processor by March 1. All applicants will be reviewed for merit-based financial aid. Completing the FAFSA is not required for consideration, however it is strongly recommended that you complete the College Board Financial Aid Profile (CSS Profile).

For more information about applying for financial aid, visit Oberlin’s Office of Financial Aid website.

International applicants:

In addition to the International Student Certification of Finances Form (to be submitted on the Applicant Portal), any international applicants wishing to apply for need-based financial assistance must submit the College Board Financial Aid Profile (CSS Profile).

It is important to note that because Oberlin's international financial aid budget is not unlimited, students who do not apply for financial aid at the time of admission are not eligible for aid in future years.

For more information, visit Oberlin’s international student website.

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