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Faculty Recital: Oberlin Trio

December 2, 2021

David Bowlin, Haewon Song, and Dmitry Kouzov.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Founded by conservatory faculty in 1982, the Oberlin Trio today features longtime members Haewon Song (piano) and David Bowlin (violin), along with cellist Dmitry Kouzov, who joined the Oberlin faculty in 2020 and first performed with the trio in January 2021.

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Canceled: Guest Recital: William Welter AD ’18, oboe

December 4, 2021

William Welter.
Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg

William Welter was appointed principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in June 2018, after performing as a guest musician with the Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. His teachers include Oberlin oboe professor Robert Walters, Eugene Izotov, Christopher Philpotts, and Richard Woodhams.


Guest Recital: Weilerstein Duo

December 4, 2021

Vivian and Donald Weilerstein.
Photo credit: Lucio Lecce

Renowned for their performing and teaching, violinist Donald Weilerstein and pianist Vivian Weilerstein have shared stages as the Weilerstein Duo for more than four decades, presenting recitals in major venues across America and throughout the world.

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Takács Beethoven Piano Competition

December 5, 2021

Beethoven.

Named for Professor Peter Takács and the composer whose music has been a pivotal source of inspiration throughout his career, this inaugural competition presents standout student pianists in performances of Beethoven.

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Guest Recital: Mark Sparks ’82, flute, and Robert Spano ’84, piano

December 9, 2021

Mark Sparks and Robert Spano.
Photo credit: Courtesy of marksparksflute.com and Angela Morris

Performer and educator Mark Sparks serves as principal flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as soloist and orchestral artist throughout the world.  He is a faculty member at DePaul University and a contributing editor to Flute Talk magazine.


Faculty Recital: Francesca DePasquale, violin, and Reiko Uchida, piano

December 11, 2021

Francesca dePasquale and Reiko Uchida.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97 and courtesy of northcountrychamberplayers.org

Described by critics as “scintillating” and celebrated for her “rich, expressive playing” (MusicalAmerica), violinist Francesca dePasquale is the first-prize winner of the 2010 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and recipient of the prestigious 2014-16 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. She joined the Oberlin faculty in 2020.

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Faculty Recital: Richard Hawkins, clarinet, and Verona Quartet

December 14, 2021

Richard Hawkins and Verona Quartet.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97 and courtesy of Verona Quartet

Richard Hawkins made his solo debut at the Kennedy Center with Mstislav Rostropovich and the National Symphony Orchestra in 1992. He has since given more than 50 performances of featured clarinet works with orchestra.


Faculty Recital: Timothy LeFebvre, voice, and Peter Takács, piano

January 12, 2022

Timothy LeFebvre, Peter Takács
Tanya Rosen-Jones

Acclaimed baritone Timothy LeFebvre has wide-ranging experience from the operatic stage to the concert hall. A professor of voice at Oberlin, he has appeared in concert with the Jacksonville Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and many other orchestras, in addition to appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall.

Past Events

Music, Sports, and the Enduring Influence of Ancient Greece

October 9 and 10, 2021

Music, Sports, and the Enduring Influence of Ancient Greece.

Athletes and musicians share plenty in common, from their determination to perform at the highest levels to their strategies to stave off anxiety. Out of their shared experience—and inspired by the return of the Olympic Games in the summer of 2021 and the winter of 2022—violin professor Sibbi Bernhardsson devised a season-opening festival that links the worlds of musicians and athletes, as well as the influential culture that exalted them both.

Saturday, October 9

Sunday, October 10


Faculty Recital: Francesca dePasquale, violin; Scott Cuellar, piano; and the Verona Quartet

October 12, 2021

Francesca dePasquale, Scott Cuellar, and Verona Quartet.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97 and courtesy of Verona Quartet

Violin professor Francesca DePasquale teams up with pianist Scott Cuellar and the Verona Quartet, Oberlin’s ensemble in residence, for a performance of works by Lowell Liebermann and Ernest Chausson.

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40 Years in Fairchild: A Celebration of the Bridge Memorial Organ

October 16–31, 2021

An organ.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Built by noted craftsman John Brombaugh, Fairchild Chapel’s Bridge Memorial Organ—fashioned in the style of the German Renaissance—turns 40 this year with a series of performances by Oberlin faculty and guests.

Saturday, October 16


The Awakened Steppe: Traditional and Contemporary Music from Mongolia

October 21, 2021

Traditional Mongolian musical instruments.

The Mongolian State Morin Khuur Ensemble specializes in traditional Mongolian musical instruments and vocal styles, from horsehead fiddle tunes to polyphonic throat singing and beyond.

Sponsored by Oberlin College’s Luce Initiative for Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) Implementation Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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Guest Recital: Jean-Louis Haguenauer, piano

October 28, 2021

Jean-Louis Haguenauer.
Photo credit: JB Millot

A longtime member of the piano faculty at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Jean-Louis Haguenauer has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States, including solo engagements on virtually every major concert series in France as well as Radio France and French national television.

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40 Years in Fairchild: A Celebration of the Bridge Memorial Organ

October 16–31, 2021

An organ.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Built by noted craftsman John Brombaugh, Fairchild Chapel’s Bridge Memorial Organ—fashioned in the style of the German Renaissance—turns 40 this year with a series of performances by Oberlin faculty and guests.

Saturday, October 30

Sunday, October 31


Faculty and Guest Recital: Robert Walters, English horn, and the Nexus String Quartet

October 30, 2021

Robert Walters.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Robert Walters joined the Cleveland Orchestra as solo English horn in 2004 and two years later began teaching at Oberlin Conservatory. Prior to his appointment in Cleveland, he served in the same capacity with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.


Guest Recital: Becca Stevens, jazz voice, and Nathan Schram, viola, with Oberlin PI ensembles

November 11, 2021

Becca Stevens.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Ground Up Music

Becca Stevens is a Grammy Award-nominated singer and multi-instrumentalist whose music effortlessly blends influences of pop, jazz, indie rock, and Appalachian folk. She has collaborated with the likes of David Crosby, Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, and Michael League of Snarky Puppy, among others.

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Oberlin Opera Theater presents

Acis and Galatea

November 11–14, 2021

opera singer performing an aria.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

One of Handel’s most beloved operas eases the tragedy of its central characters with breathtaking arias and a splash of humor.

Composed by George Frideric Handel
Libretto by John Gay
Directed by Jonathon Field
Conducted by Matilda Hofman
Performed by Oberlin Conservatory students in the Vocal Studies Division and the Oberlin Orchestra.

The production's four performances run Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Hall Auditorium
67 North Main Street
Oberlin, OH 44074

Tickets required. $10 General Admission ($8 Students).
Call 800-371-0178 or purchase online or visit the Central Ticket Service box office in the Eric Baker Nord Performing Arts Annex (67 N. Main St.) during business hours (noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).

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Faculty Recital: Jonathan Moyer, organ; Alexa Still, flute; and Katherine Jolly, voice

November 18, 2021

Jonathan Moyer, Alexa Still, and Katherine Jolly.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97 and Jennifer Manna

Jonathan William Moyer specializes in a vast repertoire from the renaissance to the 21st century and has performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Japan. The Baltimore Sun has described his playing as “ever-expressive, stylish, and riveting.”

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