Contemporary Music Division Auditions & Interviews

2021 - 2022 On-Campus Composition Interview Dates

Thursday, January 27, 2022
Friday, January 28, 2022
Saturday, January 29, 2022

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. If an applicant is not able to attend an on-campus interview, the Composition faculty will conduct a Zoom interview, however to get the full experience of interview day activities we strongly encourage you to interview on campus.

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.

2021 - 2022 On-Campus TIMARA Interview Dates

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Although all interviews will take place on the Saturday date listed above, students who pass screening will be hosted by the TIMARA department over two days and are encouraged to plan on attending the events that begin the Friday before:

Friday, February 18
5:00pm: Meet and greet with applicants, parents and current students. This informal gathering will include a tour of the TIMARA studios, pizza dinner and opportunity to get to know the faculty and students of the TIMARA department.
7:30pm: TIMARA concert event

Saturday, February 19
9:00am - 5:00pm: TIMARA applicant interviews with faculty

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. If an applicant is not able to attend an on-campus interview, the TIMARA faculty will conduct a Zoom interview, however to get the full experience of of the campus community we strongly encourage you to interview in person.