Prospective Students

As we are a department of music at a liberal arts college, students apply to and are accepted by the College, not the department.  An audition is not part of the application process. Students who excel in musical performance, composition, or music production, however, may wish to supplement their applications with a recording and/or musical score. These students do so by using Slideroom, part of the Common Application. 

Supplement Submission

Students should submit recordings only if they believe that their musical abilities will enhance their application and, if they are performers, they are committed to continuing to perform while in college. These materials are evaluated by faculty members in Music and the evaluations are then forwarded to the College’s Admissions Office.

Click here to start an online portfolio submission through Slideroom.

Recordings and scores submitted as part of the admissions process do not replace live auditions for ensembles or lessons; these take place at the start of each academic year. No audition is required of potential Music majors, either live or recorded, as all students declare their major only after arriving at Occidental, at some point during the first two years. For Music, students can declare the major once they have demonstrated competency in a department music theory course, which we recommend taking in the first or second semester of their first year, depending on their prior music theory training.

Submit Recordings

Recordings must isolate and highlight the applicant; group performances that obscure the ability to assess an individual’s level of talent will not receive evaluation.

Performers should submit a recording of two or three contrasting selections, or portions of thereof, that are diverse in style, character, etc. The total length of your submission should not exceed 10 minutes. We prefer a video recording and one that is not overly produced.

Composers should submit a PDF file containing one to three scores and, if available, MP3 recordings of the work(s), live recording or midi realization.

Those interested in the Music Production program should submit one to three MP3 recordings of recent work.

Recordings will not be considered if received after November 15 for early decision I January 1 for early decision II, January 10 for regular decision, or March 1 for transfer decision.

Meeting Music Faculty & Sitting in on Classes

If you are interested in meeting the Music faculty and perhaps sitting in on classes, please make these arrangements well in advance so that we can best accommodate you. Take a look at our events calendar to see if there will be any performances in the department, which will provide a glimpse of life as a music student at Oxy. You are welcome to contact any of our faculty to set up a meeting or to sit in on a class. You are also welcome to contact Desiree LaVertu and Chris Kim at lavertu@oxy.edu and ckim2@oxy.edu to arrange for a free half-hour sample lesson with any of our applied instructors, as long as they are available. We look forward to meeting you but can only do so with advance planning, so please reach out to us first.

Contact Information

General Information Jacquelyn Moon

jacquely@oxy.edu

Composition Adam Schoenberg aschoenberg@oxy.edu
Concerts & Events Alex Twomey twomeya@oxy.edu
Ethnomusicology & Popular Music Shanna Lorenz lorenz@oxy.edu
Instrumental Activities Chris Kim ckim2@oxy.edu
Musicology David Kasunic kasunic@oxy.edu
Music Production Jongnic Bontemps jbontemps@oxy.edu
Music Theory Irene Girton igirton@oxy.edu
Vocal & Choral Activities Desiree LaVertu lavertu@oxy.edu