Program Overview

Baroque Violin

Our historical performance division offers rigorous study and private instruction in 13 instruments, including baroque violin. 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.

Violinist Adriane Post ’07 participated and performed in Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, a summer workshop for baroque instruments and voice.
Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Program Facts

Program Director

David Breitman,
Associate Professor of Historical Performance

A performance by the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra presented by conservatory students on period instruments.
Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Oberlin Baroque Orchestra

Oberlin sponsors approximately 500 concerts on campus each year, including recitals and concerts by the more than 25 student ensembles, including the Oberlin Broque Orchestra. 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.

Performance Ensembles

Baroque Violin Faculty

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

Oberlin is fertile ground for teaching, musically and intellectually.

Marilyn McDonald, Professor of Violin and Baroque Violin

Baroque Violin News

Where Heart and Mind Meet

March 23, 2021

Annemarie Schubert ’21 chose Oberlin for violin and neuroscience. Then early music chose her.
Baroque violinists performing onstage.