The Master of Contemporary Chamber Music (MCCM) is a professionally focused, tuition-free, two-year graduate program designed to launch chamber music ensembles of exceptional artistic and creative potential.

Application Requirements

Each member of the ensemble (a preexisting group with 3-7 members) is required to submit the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission. The deadline for receipt of the application is December 1. Additional application requirements are listed below:

  • Transcripts for each member of the ensemble
  • Three references for the ensemble (letters not required, ensure the same references are used on all members’ applications)
  • Ensemble biography, artistic statement for the ensemble, and the ensemble repertoire list (to be submitted as part of the application, lead member only)
  • Sample paper-length academic musical writing from each member of the ensemble. This should be a substantial paper from an undergraduate upper level Music Theory or Music History class.
  • Theory diagnostic exam (to be administered at the audition site)
  • Test scores not required but TOEFL is set at 100 for non-native speakers
  • Sample video recording, ideally from a live performance. This will not be used as a screening as much as to represent how the group presents itself.

The sample video recording can be submitted via digital upload to the Audition and Screening Dropbox, available on the Applicant Portal after submission of the Application for Admission.

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.


The ensemble must audition on campus before the MCCM program committee. Audition requirements are on the Contemporary Music Division Audition Requirements web page. In addition, each member of the ensemble must audition individually for the relevant studio faculty.