These cellos are part of the conservatory’s Selch Collection of American Music History, which includes nearly 10,000 objects and some 700 instruments, 9,000 rare and first-edition books, and a number of artworks. Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83
Program Overview

Baroque Cello

Program Type: Major, Minor, Graduate
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Master of Music (MM)
Division: Historical Performance

Our historical performance division offers rigorous study and private instruction in 13 instruments, including baroque cello. Coursework involves applied study on historical instruments, music history, music theory, performance practice, plus a wide range of performance opportunities, including recitals, concerts, and tours.

students perform on baroque instruments
Oberlin Conservatory students perform on period instruments as members of the Baroque Performance Ensemble. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

Performance Ensembles

Oberlin sponsors approximately 500 concerts on campus each year, including recitals and concerts by the more than 25 student ensembles, including the Baroque Performance Ensemble. From jazz to contemporary guitar, classical to popular, computer-generated to acoustic, and from time-tested compositions to newer works, the college and conservatory present performances to satisfy any musical interest.

Baroque Cello Faculty

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“I love teaching at Oberlin. The kids are so smart and they are so interested in things. Of course, I’m the one who sees the kids that are interested in things because they become interested in the early instruments. It’s like they are in a candy store.”

Catharina Meints, Associate Professor of Viola da Gamba and Cello
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Baroque Cello News

Catharina Meints

She Wrote the Book on BPI

December 20, 2018
Catharina Meints helped launch the Baroque Performance Institute. Now she’s chronicled its formative years.