Applicant must graduate from high school or complete equivalent secondary education prior to the Fall Semester enrollment. GED also qualifies for admission consideration. OCCM does not accept Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) test scores for the application prerequisite fulfillment.
Due to priority in student’s performance ability rather than academic ability, OCCM does not set requirements on types and amount of general education acquired prior to enrolling OCCM. We believe general education provided by secondary education or the certification of equivalent education to be sufficient general education prior to enrolling OCCM.
Ability to converse, read, and understand English with modest ease is necessary in successful completion of the program. An applicant whose native language is not English regardless of citizenship must submit the official score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please see the Required Application Materials for Performance Diploma program below for required scores.
Applicant must demonstrate music performance abilities appropriate for incoming collegiate level.
Completed Application form
List of repertoire learned
Official high school transcript or equivalent certification for the completion of the secondary education. If the document is not in English, the original document with certified translation must be submitted.
Short essay: Applicant must submit a short statement (under 250 words) briefly describing one’s goal after the completion of the program.
Non-refundable application fee of $80.00
Letters of recommendation: PD applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, one from a primary instrumental teacher, and one letter from a professional musician other than their primary instrumental teacher.
TOEFL/IELTS score for non-native speakers: Modest ease in ability to converse, read, and understand in English is prerequisite in studying at OCCM as all courses are taught in English. OCCM does not set minimum score requirement for applicants, however, students scoring lower than 52 (TOEFL)/5.5 (IELTS) is less likely to be competitive applicants.
Audition: All applicants for OCCM must audition in either recorded (digital video only) or live format. Acceptance into the OCCM’s program will be based on availability number in the studio of each of the applied studies faculty and applicant’s performance level. Applicant must first contact OCCM through its website to see if there’s opening within the studio.
Audition Requirement for Performance Diploma Program:
One etude of applicant’s choice, demonstrating technical ability
Three contrasting pieces or movements from each of the following periods; Baroque, Romantic, and Contemporary
International student requirement:
TOEFL or IELTS score
Full-time student cost of attendance:
$4000/year=various fees including orientation fee, guest lecturer fee, and student service fee
If a student is under 21 and is a dependent of legal visa holder, enrollment is legal
OCCM does not accept transfer student for PD program.
All material must be submitted to:
Opus119 College-Conservatory of Music Office of Admissions and Registrar
16 Truman Street
Irvine, CA 92620
Acceptance decision on all applicant is based on the result of audition.
Applicant’s audition will be evaluated for its 1) technicality, 2) artistry, and 3) execution level. OCCM requires all of its enrolling student to be at the collegiate level of performance execution. If an applicant does not meet the standard set by the faculties and department chairs, the applicant will be denied for the enrollment regardless of the opening in the applied studies studios.
Once an applicant’s performance ability is deemed fit for the applied instrumental studies studio, the remaining application material will be reviewed. Each applicant will be ranked for the enrollment priority. Applicant will be accepted into the program at OCCM based on the availability in each of the applied studies studio.
Accepted student who wishes to enroll must submit the final official transcript from the secondary education institution or the copy of GED, along with the Enrollment Agreement Form.
Fall Semester: 2019; 8/19-12/13
Spring Semester: 2020; 1/6-5/1
OCCM operates on rolling admission policy. Please contact the admissions for application and live or recorded audition procedures.
Decision notice: within 4 weeks of the receipt of all required materials