The Oberlin College campus is located on 440 acres in Oberlin, Ohio, 35 miles southwest of Cleveland.
The Conservatory has an enrollment of approximately 615 students - primarily undergraduate - from 45 U.S. states and 22 countries. With 88 faculty members, the Conservatory boasts a student/faculty ratio of 7:1.
Activity Fee: $218
Two semesters with January designated as Winter Term, when students select one topic of concentration to pursue with an emphasis on self-education, creativity and intellectual independence.
There are approximately 400 concerts on campus each year, including performances by the more than 25 student ensembles, and performances and master classes by guest artists. Faculty members perform on campus and throughout the world. Oberlin's Artist Recital Series includes on-campus performances by premier, national orchestras and internationally acclaimed soloists.
The Conservatory of Music provides flexible programs to prepare students as professional musicians and teachers of music. We welcome talented music students with demonstrated records of achievement.
- The oldest continuously operating Conservatory of Music in the United States.
- Eight undergraduate majors, including private study in 32 areas.
- A collection of more than 1,500 musical instruments of the highest quality - all available for student use.
- Exceptional facilities that include five concert halls and 150 practice rooms.
- Oberlin owns 199 Steinway pianos, and the Conservatory's concert and recital halls, classrooms, teaching studios, and most practice rooms are equipped with Steinway grands.
Oberlin Conservatory offers majors in performance, composition, music education, music theory, electronic and computer music, jazz studies, music history, and a double major in piano performance and vocal accompanying. Degree programs include:
- Bachelor of Music (BM)
- Performance Diploma
- Double-Degree Program (jointly offered with the College of Arts and Sciences BM/BA)
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Combined Bachelors/Masters Programs in Opera Theater, Conducting, and Historical Performance)
- Masters Program in Historical Performance (MM)
- Masters Program in Music Teaching (MMT)
- Artist Diploma
The Conservatory is housed in a complex of soundproof and air-conditioned buildings designed by Minoru Yamasaki.
- Bibbins Hall, the teaching unit, contains 40 studios, 10 classrooms, 16 offices and seven studios of TIMARA (Technology in Music and the Related Arts).
- The Central unit houses Warner Concert Hall, which seats 696 and features a three-manual Flentrop organ of forty-three stops. Central also houses Kulas Hall, which seats 144; two complete audio recording rooms; and rehearsal rooms for orchestra, band, wind ensemble, opera theater and chorus.
- Robertson Hall contains 150 practice rooms, including the Kulas Organ Center, with 14 practice organs by representative builders.
- The library holds a collection of more than 121,000 books and scores, 47,000 sound recordings, 42 listening stations, and six audio-visual listening rooms.
The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, founded in 1865, is the nation's oldest continuously operating conservatory, and the only major music school in the country linked with a preeminent liberal arts college. Since its founding, the Conservatory has continued its proud tradition of "firsts."
A practice room: 1916
- 1892 - America's first full-time chair in music history and appreciation
- 1921 - Established America's first four-year college degree program in music education
- 1958 - Introduced the Suzuki method of string pedagogy to the United States
- 1969 - Pioneered a program in electronic music
- 1988 - Created the American Soviet Youth Orchestra, an ensemble of 100 young musicians from the U.S. and the former Soviet Union that was the first arts exchange produced jointly by the two countries
- 1989 - The Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Laboratory is the first of its kind to be incorporated into a program of vocal instruction in the U.S.
“Home to One of the Country's Best Music Conservatories”
- U.S. News & World Report
“A Hotbed of Contemporary- Classical Players”
- The New York Times
“A national treasure.”
- The Washington Post
“Oberlin has challenged other music schools to prepare their students for the weirdness of real musical life.”
“Oberlin has produced some of the top names in contemporary music.”
- The New York Times
“Oberlin has trained some of America's best orchestral musicians for decades …”
- The New Yorker
“The so-called 'death of classical music' is a very long way from being realized—at least at Oberlin.”