Pianos. Warner Concert Hall, Kulas Recital Hall, classrooms,
and teaching studios are all equipped with Steinway grand pianos,
as are most of the practice rooms in Robertson Hall and the rehearsal
rooms in the Central Unit. Altogether there are 232 pianos in the
Conservatory, 199 of which are Steinway pianos, with the remainder
of the collection including acoustical vertical pianos, historical
pianos, a Yamaha Disklavier and two Electronic Piano Labs.
Orchestral Instruments. The Conservatory has a large collection
of orchestral instruments for use by students, including all stringed
and wind instruments, and six Lyon and Healy harps. Through the generosity
of the Kulas Foundation, Oberlin owns two Gagliano violins and other
performance-quality stringed instruments.
Organs. The Kulas Organ Center, in the Robertson Hall practice
building, is comprised of fourteen practice rooms equipped with organs
of various designs, both mechanical action and electro-pneumatic.
Of the mechanical action tracker organs, six are Flentrops, one a
Brombaugh, and two are Noacks. Of the electro-pneumatic organs, six
The teaching studios in Bibbins Hall contain organs by Flentrop. Warner
Concert Hall houses a splendid three-manual Flentrop organ of forty-four
stops, built entirely in classical North European style; it was installed
in 1974. A new Fisk Opus 116 organ has been installed in Finney Chapel.
This magnificent instrument, a symphonic organ in the Romantic tradition,
compliments the Flentrop in Warner. Two continuo organs, one by Flentrop
and one by Byrd, are available for use in the performing halls. In
1981 a two-manual Brombaugh organ in mean-tone temperament was installed
in the gallery of Fairchild Chapel. Located in the front of Fairchild
Chapel is a positiv organ by Flentrop.
Harpsichords. The collection of harpsichords, available for
instruction, practice, and concerts includes: three French doubles,
one by Keith Hill, one by William Dowd, and one by Kingston; two Italian
singles, one by William Dowd and one by Anderson Dupree; a German
double by Keith Hill, a Flemish single and Flemish virginal by Willard
Martin, and a clavichord by Hugh Gough.
Other Instruments. The Conservatory owns three fortepianos:
five-octave instruments by Wolf and Hester, and a six-and-one-half
octave by McCobb. Oberlin's collection also includes a mid-19th
century grand piano by Erard, which was completely rebuilt by David
Winston in the fall of 1993.
The Conservatory has a large collection of viols for use in its Baroque
ensemble and viol consorts. Oberlin owns enough Baroque instruments
to form a complete Baroque orchestra: eight Baroque violins, one Baroque
viola, two Baroque cellos, and a violone, as well as Baroque flutes,
recorders, oboes, bassoon, and natural horns.
The Collegium Musicum has at its disposal replicas of historical instruments
including, among others, vihuela, gamba, krummhorns, recorders, and
Oberlin has a Javanese gamelan (metallophone orchestra), complete
with both slendro and pelog tuning systems, a large collection of
Gambian Mandinka koras and xylophones from West Africa, and a representative
selection of classical instruments from China, Japan, Korea, Turkey,