Our two-year program in piano technology emphasizes the collaborative relationship between the concert artist and piano technician. Instruction, hands-on learning, mentoring, and regular projects will further equip students for work with the grand instrument as well as the musician.

Step 1: Complete the Application for Admission

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.

Apply to Oberlin Conservatory

Official deadline to apply is April 15, 2020, however applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

Step 2: Pay the Application Fee

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

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 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 Transcripts, Recommendations, and Supplemental Materials

Students must submit transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended. Students with a background in musical performance are preferred, and preference will be given to students with a bachelor’s degree or certificate in piano technology from an accredited artisan school. Additionally, students must submit a personal statement of interest (detailed on the application), résumé, and three letters of recommendation.

Step 4: Interview

Applicants must interview with John Cavanaugh, executive director of keyboard technology, either in person or via Skype.

International students will have an informal assessment of their conversational English proficiency during the interview. We may require an additional video interview with Oberlin ESOL staff to further assess English proficiency. Submission of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Testing System (IELTS) is not required, but strongly recommended. TOEFL Code: 1587

Step 5: On-Site Evaluation

Applicants may be required to participate in an on-site evaluation to assess skills. Although this is not always required, applicants should be prepared to accommodate the request and will be asked in the application for their preference of location. Evaluation locations include Steinway Factory, New York, NY; Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin, OH; Steinway Factory, Hamburg, Germany; and Steinway Office, Shanghai, China.

For more information, contact John Cavanaugh at (440) 775-8275, or john.cavanaugh@oberlin.edu.