Program Overview

Baroque Cello

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.

Baroque cellist performing with harpsichordist
Students in Oberlin's Historical Performance program frequently give concerts in Fairchild Chapel, a 150-seat Medieval-inspired sandstone chapel.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Program Facts

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

Program Director

Mark Edwards,
Associate Professor of Harpsichord

Oberlin Baroque Orchestra performs in Warner Concert Hall.
Oberlin Conservatory students perform on period instruments as members of the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Oberlin Baroque Orchestra

There are nearly 500 concerts on campus each year ranging from student, faculty, and guest recitals to small ensemble concerts to performances by the more than 25 student large ensembles, including the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra. From concert to improvisatory music, computer-generated electronic to acoustic, time-tested compositions to newly composed works, the college and conservatory present music that satisfies any interest.

Performance Ensembles

Baroque Cello Faculty

Our historical performance faculty are accomplished teachers, historians, and musicians, who maintain active performance schedules, both on and off campus.

One of the most enriching aspects here is the access students and faculty have to the instrument collections at the Conservatory. By experiencing music through the tools available to musicians and composers of the past, students can deepen their understanding of history, interpretation, and context.

Rebecca Landell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Viola da Gamba and Baroque Cello

  • Rebecca Landell

    Rebecca Landell

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Viola da Gamba and Baroque Cello

Baroque Cello News

She Wrote the Book on BPI

December 20, 2018

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