Buildings. The Conservatory is housed in a complex of three
contiguous buildings designed by Minoru Yamasaki. These include
a large classroom building, rehearsal spaces, concert halls, a music
library, and a practice facility. An additional space houses the
Conservatory Admissions office and several other administrative
Bibbins Hall, the teaching building, contains 40 studios,
10 classrooms, and 16 offices. Private instruction, ensemble coaching,
and classroom instruction take place in this building. The Deans'
offices, and the TIMARA (Technology in Music and the Related Arts)
complex, including a recording studio, are also housed here.
The Central Unit, the rehearsal and concert hall building,
houses two concert halls, the orchestra rehearsal room, choral rehearsal
room, two small ensemble rehearsal rooms, the percussion teaching
studio, the Conservatory Libraryone of the largest academic
music libraries in the countryincluding DVD, compact disc,
tape and record listening rooms, the Conservatory instrument collection
storage room, the Audio Services recording facilities, and the student
Robertson Hall, the practice building, contains 182 rooms
including 150 practice rooms, the Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center,
the Career Resource Center, the Kulas Organ Center, reed-making
rooms, two networked micro-computing labs, faculty studios, and
Concert Halls. Warner Concert Hall seats 645. New seating
and other renovations took place in 2004. Kulas Recital Hall, especially
suited to chamber music concerts, seats 144. Finney Chapel seats
1250; Artist recitals, orchestra, and other large ensemble concerts
are performed there.
Conservatory Annex. East of Bibbins Hall, the Conservatory
Annex is located on the second floor of the Oberlin Book Store and
houses offices for Conservatory Admissions, Public Relations, the
Associate Dean for Technology and Facilities, and the Business Manager.
Two meeting rooms with media resources are available for use by
the Conservatory community.
Hales Jazz Facility. Located in the Hales Gymnasium complex
are seven rooms dedicated to Jazz Studies. In addition, the Jazz
program uses the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse for much of their
solo and small ensemble performances. The program also uses six
dedicated practice rooms in Robertson Hall and five faculty studios
within the Conservatory.
Electronic and Computer Music. Eight acoustically isolated
and optimized electronic music studios are located in the Conservatory.
The TIMARA complex is equipped with a wide selection of state-of-the-art
digital synthesizers and Macintosh computers, including a lab with
Power Mac computers connected to the network, each with synthesizer
keyboards and a full complement of music software. Production facilities
include multitrack digital recording, historical analog synthesizers,
and a wide variety of signal processing gear.
The Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center is the first of its
kind to be incorporated into a program of vocal instruction in the
United States. Named for a long-time supporter of the Conservatory,
this laboratory includes stroboscopic and fiber-optic instrumention
that can display four types of vocal analyses concurrently, allowing
examination of both the function and the timbre of the artistic
singing voice. The laboratory also houses a sonagraph workstation
that transforms the phonations of the voice into electrical signals
and displays them as waves on a computer screen; a computerized
system for analyzing, synthesizing, and manipulating vocal sounds;
a nasometer, which measures nasality in the voice; a laryngograph,
which determines the accuracy of pitch and vocal onset; a spirometer,
which tests critical pulmonary functions to determine vital capacity
and flow rate; and a system to measure levels of air flow, air pressure,
and sound pressure. Students use the sophisticated audio and video
equipment to record, play back, and analyze their performances.