The impact of COVID-19 has complicated the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Please note that there will be many changes regarding the audition processes, dates and places as well as adjustments to audition repertory and screening. Below you will find essential information on audition requests, audition/portfolio materials submission, screening requirements, audition categories, supplemental recordings, and interview requests. Visit the “quick links” for division-specific audition details.

General Information

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  1. Audition Requests
  2. Audition/Portfolio Materials Submission
  3. Screening Requirements
  4. Audition Categories
  5. Supplemental Recordings
  6. Interview Requests

1. Audition Requests

All areas other than composition and TIMARA require an audition. Composition and TIMARA applicants require an interview.

Undergraduate auditions are scheduled through the Audition/Interview Request Form on the Applicant Portal, available after submission of the Common Application. No audition will be scheduled without submission of this form. For more information on application requirements, please see the Undergraduate Applicants webpage. 

Graduate auditions are scheduled as part of the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission and will be confirmed upon submission of the application. No audition will be scheduled without submission of the Application for Admission and payment of the application fee. For more information on application requirements and to begin the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission, please select the appropriate program from Requirements & Deadlines

2. Audition/Portfolio Materials Submission

All audition and portfolio materials, including screening recordings, final audition recordings, supplemental recordings, Composition portfolios, and TIMARA portfolios, should be uploaded via the Audition and Screening Dropbox located on your Applicant Portal. The Audition and Screening Dropbox is capable of accepting files up to 5 GB in the following formats: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv, .aac, .aif, .aiff, .iff, .fla, .m4a, .mpa, .mp3, .ra, .wav, .wma, .doc, .docx, .odg, .odp, .odt, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .wpd. Additionally, students can include YouTube links when necessary, though direct media file upload is strongly encouraged and preferred.

3. Screening Requirements

Screening is a first round review prior to being granted a final audition review. All applicants are required to submit screening materials. These auditions and portfolios can be submitted through the Audition and Screening Dropbox on your Applicant Portal. Auditions and/or Interviews in these areas will be confirmed after review of the submitted screening materials. These materials are due December 4.

Screening materials received after this deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Conservatory Admissions Office. See the specific audition requirements for your instrument for more information on screening requirements. Any materials submitted will not be returned.

4. Performance Audition Categories

We will not be conducting our regular audition weekend schedule nor any U.S. or Asian regional auditions for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. Most auditions will be conducted by video recording submission supported by supplemental virtual meetings, interviews and/or lessons with faculty during the month of January. Final audition recordings deadline: February 1.

5. Interview Requests (Composition and TIMARA applicants only)

No instrumental audition is required for consideration in these programs. Students do not perform instrumental auditions, rather, applicants are invited to interview with faculty during the month of January. Interviews are scheduled as part of the Audition/Interview Request Form on the Applicant Portal. As application to these areas requires the submission of a Screening Portfolio, the requested interview will be confirmed after review of the submitted Screening Portfolio. For more information regarding screening requirements, see the specific audition requirements for your area of interest.

No interview will be scheduled without submission of the Audition/Interview Request Form. For more information on application requirements, please see the Undergraduate Applicants webpage.

6. Supplemental Recordings

In addition to any required audition and screening materials (check the audition requirements for your specific area of study), we allow students to submit any additional performance recordings they feel highlight their abilities. This could include recordings of live performances, pieces not included in required audition repertoire, etc. Submissions should be made using the Audition and Screening Dropbox and can be included with all required screening and final audition materials.

As a high-level, performance-driven institute, the final audition will be weighed most heavily in the review of applicants, and submitting supplemental materials is not required. However, we also want to provide the opportunity for students to represent themselves as musicians in the most complete way possible.