Composition Screening

The Composition screening portfolio should consist of 3 original scores (and recordings, if possible). Scores will be judged on their imaginativeness, idiomatic instrumental/vocal writing, development of musical ideas, textural variety, and accurate, legible notation. Scores will be accepted in PDF format (Sibelius or Finale files will not be accepted). Scores and recordings can be submitted via digital upload to the Audition and Screening Dropbox on your Applicant Portal or by mail. Mailed materials should be sent to Conservatory Admissions, 39 W. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074. Appropriate formats include computer-engraved scores and/or photocopies of hand-written manuscripts, and audio recordings. Presentation and thoroughness of the portfolio are very important. Please carefully label all items and include a completed Materials Mailing Form. Any materials submitted will not be returned.

The deadline for receipt of the screening portfolio is December 4. 

Composition Interviews

No instrumental audition is required for consideration in this program. Students do not perform instrumental auditions, rather, applicants are invited to interview with Composition faculty. All interviews for Fall 2021 applicants will be conducted as live video interviews during January 2021. 

Interested applicants who have substantial preparation in a traditional performance medium, acoustic composition, and/or related art forms, but little or no experience in music technology, are encouraged to submit a screening portfolio. The TIMARA Faculty place more value on creativity and artistic expression than technological wizardry. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the TIMARA Faculty with questions about the program.

TIMARA Screening

The TIMARA screening portfolio should consist of 3 examples of creative work. Applicants are encouraged to submit a variety of works that illustrate skill in more than one style, aesthetic approach, and compositional technique, including but not limited to purely electronic works, purely acoustic works, and video works. We do not require a score be included in the portfolio, however if applicants have pieces that are notated we encourage you to include the score with any recordings. Materials can be submitted via digital upload to the Audition and Screening Dropbox on your Applicant Portal or by mail. Mailed materials should be sent to Conservatory Admissions, 39 W. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074. Appropriate formats include CD for purely electronic works, printed notation of purely acoustic works, and DVD of video works. Presentation and thoroughness of the portfolio are very important. Please carefully label all items and include a completed Materials Mailing Form. Any materials submitted will not be returned.

The deadline for receipt of the screening portfolio is December 4.

TIMARA Interviews

No instrumental audition is required for consideration in this program. Students do not perform instrumental auditions, rather, applicants are invited to interview with TIMARA faculty. All interviews for Fall 2021 applicants will be conducted as live video interviews during January 2021.