Sonic Arts Workshop

Sonic Arts Workshops: Electronic Music Composition and Production

Week 1 - Introductory workshop - June 21 - 25, 2021
Week 2 - Intermediate workshop - June 28 - July 2, 2021

Sonic Arts Application     Applications received until program is filled.


We are pleased to present two virtual workshop weeks from the Technology in Music and Related Arts  (TIMARA) Program studios for advanced, current high school students*, aged 15 years and older, on the Zoom platform.

Applicants may apply for just the first week, or both weeks of these selective programs. 
New participants may enroll in week 1 only - or both weeks. Previous participants have the option of enrolling in just week 2.

Lectures will take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week allowing time for assigned off-line activities, and online creative work roundtables work on Tuesday and Thursday.

*June 2021 graduates are not eligible to apply.


The program will cover issues of interest to young composers heading toward conservatory studies and those generally interested in experimenting with electroacoustic music production and its intersections with other disciplines. Dedicated high school students have an opportunity to focus on the composition of electroacoustic music and expand their technical and creative resources during the Workshop.

Topics will include digital audio editing and manipulation, real-time computer music performance techniques, and discussion of pieces from the field's growing repertoire.

Participants will work with codirectors Tom Lopez and Peter V. Swendsen, faculty in the conservatory’s TIMARA Program.


Time listed - Eastern Daylight Time
Subject to change

Monday/Wednesday/Friday

9:00-10:00 a.m. class 1
10:00-11:00 offline activities
11:00-noon class 2
noon-1:00 p.m. lunch break
1:00-2:00 class 3
2:00-3:00 offline activities
3:00-4:00 class 4
4:00-5:00 offline activities
5:00-6:00 class 5

Tuesday/Thursday

9:00-10:00 a.m. drop-in help
10:00-11:00 offline activities
11:00-noon creative work roundtable 1
noon-1:00pm lunch break
1:00-2:00 drop-in help
2:00-3:00 offline activities
3:00-4:00 creative work roundtable 2
4:00-5:00 drop-in help
5:00-6:00 offline activities

An online participant recital on Friday evening concludes the workshop.

The application requires links of two or three examples of your creative work. (YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, GoogleDrive, etc.) This might include scores for traditional instruments, audio recordings of purely electronic pieces, video files with original video or pre-existing video with original sound design, and so on.

In general, we are interested in anything that demonstrates your creativity with electronic media. Please contact Tom Lopez  if you have any questions about what to include. tom.lopez@oberlin.edu

Application fee: $35

Applications will remain open until program is filled.

Sonic Arts Application

Application fee: $35

Week 1: $475
Week 2: $375
Both weeks: $850

Full payment is due one week after you receive your confirmation letter.

You may make an electronic payment  with a credit card, or if you prefer to send a check, please make the check payable to Oberlin College and mail to:

Sonic Arts Workshop
Conservatory of Music
77 W. College St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

We recommend using a wired internet connection for the best experience. If you are unable to connect your desktop, laptop, or tablet to the internet using an ethernet cable, a strong, stable wi-fi connection and/or cellular data may be used. Check the speed and strength of your wi-fi at speedtest.net; connections of at least 20 mbps (download) and 10 mbps (upload) are best. If yours is below 10 mbps (download) or 5 mbps (upload), you may need an upgrade from your internet provider. Upload speeds below 5 mbps will produce poor quality video and audio.

We also recommend that participants have access to an external microphone and webcam for best video and audio quality. 

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