Our Division of Contemporary Music has three areas of study—composition, electronic and computer music, and contemporary chamber music—for students desirous of honing their music and technical skills, while exploring a range of contemporary music and musical expression.

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Our faculty is comprised of outstanding teachers, conductors, and composers who are devoted primarily to undergraduate education. They provide individual instruction, allowing opportunities for critique and performance, and spend generous amounts of time with their students via lessons, coaching, mentoring, and more.

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Contemporary Music is professionally focused, tuition-free, two-year graduate program designed to launch chamber music ensembles of exceptional artistic and creative potential. It is ideal for chamber ensembles of three to seven members in any instrument, who are available for full-time study and do not have artist management.

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Curriculum Overview

The curriculum includes intensive coaching combined with individual applied study, and coursework in theory, musicology, and entrepreneurship devised to deepen analytical and stylistic perspectives, and develop business and artistic administration skills. Faculty mentoring concentrates on fostering the ensemble’s charge to be innovative and their development of artistry and programming. 

Ensembles will benefit from support for touring, recording, and competitions. They also are eligible to apply for startup funding offered through Oberlin’s Creativity & Leadership Project.

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