Long recognized as one of the world's leading centers for organ instruction, Oberlin has graduated musicians who have become professors of music, church musicians, university organists and scholars-and winners of national and international awards. Oberlin's organ program is designed to help students develop excellence in performance and an understanding of a broad range of repertoire.
The organ faculty is comprised of musicians who are prominent as teachers, performers, and church musicians. They teach a wide range of literature through private lessons, studio classes, and repertoire courses. Courses in Keyboard Skills, Organ Improvisation, and Organ Literature, History, and Design are taught by the organ faculty.

An Interactive Curriculum

The organ curriculum at Oberlin is enhanced by the offerings of other departments in the Conservatory. In addition to intensive private instruction and courses specifically related to their instrument, organ majors take courses applicable to church music such as choral conducting, music history, and music theory. Many Conservatory students elect the five-year, double-degree program, which leads to both bachelor of arts and bachelor of music degrees. Many organ majors find employment in area churches while pursuing their studies. Participation in ensembles is required of all Conservatory students each semester. A variety of choices exist, including vocal and instrumental ensembles, and Historical Performance Program groups.

Renowned Guest Artists

Internationally known teachers and performers visit campus frequently to give master classes and performances. Recent guest artists have included Gerhard Doderer, Alexander Fiseisky, Naji Hakim, Gerre Hancock, Thomas Murray, Daniel Roth, Montserrat Torrent, Thomas Trotter, Harald Vogel, Gillian Weir, Jean Boyer, Dominique Serve, and John Scott.

Audition Requirements

Three or four contrasting pieces from the standard organ literature which demonstrate the applicant's technical and musical skills. At least one piece should be chosen from the works of J.S. Bach. Sight-reading of a four-part hymn harmonization is expected.
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