Bibbins Hall
Bibbins Hall is the main classroom building for Oberlin Conservatory students. It also houses faculty studios, administrative offices, classrooms, and more.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Conservatory of Music Admissions

Music is more than a profession. It is a calling. Many dream of success, but few possess the determination to achieve it. To be a musician is to devote yourself to constant improvement of technical skills, but it is also something else. Today’s profession requires a range of expertise once considered unnecessary: technological proficiency, knowledge of repertoire beyond the classical Western idiom, entrepreneurial savvy, and more.

Read Oberlin President Carmen Twillie Ambar’s response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end affirmative action in college admissions.

Audition Requests

Auditions are scheduled as part of the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission and will be confirmed upon submission of your application. Deadline is December 1.

Requirements & Deadlines

We seek students who are dedicated to music, devoted to growth and challenge, and eager to join a close-knit, thriving performance community. If you can picture yourself on our stages and beyond, we encourage you to apply.

Get to Know us Better

We’re available to answer your questions about the Conservatory experience. You can also experience the Conservatory remotely via the virtual tour and online information sessions.

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Learn More about Oberlin

Areas of Study

We offer seven majors, nine degree programs, and 42 areas of private, applied study.

Double Degree Program

Embrace your enthusiasm for both music and liberal arts. In five years or fewer, you emerge with a bachelor of arts, a bachelor of music, and a wide array of options for life after Oberlin.

Costs & Aid

We’re committed to meeting 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need of every admitted student.