The Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA) department at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music traces its roots to groundbreaking faculty members Olly Wilson and John Clough ’53. In the late 1960s, they established a forward looking curriculum of electronic and computer music courses at a time when composing with technology was out of the ordinary.

Olly Wilson, co-founder of TIMARA, teaching in front of class.
Co-founder Olly Wilson teaching in class in 1968.

By 1969, Oberlin came to be viewed as a pioneer in electronic music education. Ushered through the decades by outstanding faculty and ever-increasing technological capability, TIMARA was named as a department in 1973 and in 1989 became a stand-alone major under the guidance and vision of faculty member Gary Lee Nelson. In the years before and after, generations of talented TIMARA students have called the TIMARA studios their artistic home, a place that has pioneered the field of undergraduate electronic music education and launched countless careers. 

Longtime studio engineer John Talbert standing in his office surrounded by electrical equipment.
Longtime studio engineer John Talbert at work in his office.