Cellist performs with orchestra
Cellist and Oberlin Concerto Competition winner Aaron Wolff '17 performs the Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante with the Oberlin Orchestra. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko
Program Overview


Program Type: Major
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
Division: Strings

Study of the cello is centered on the broad experiences of our faculty, who provide students with rigorous instruction tailored to their needs and goals as a musician. Our goal is to develop students’ talents to the highest musical and professional levels through private lessons, coaching, instrumental technique, a range of performance opportunities, and more.

Contemporary Music Ensemble
A performance by the Contemporary Music Ensemble conducted by Timothy Weiss. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Contemporary Music Ensemble

This ensemble plays music of all contemporary styles and genres: from minimalism to serialism, to electronic, cross genre, mixed media, and beyond. It is one of the 25 student ensembles in which cellists and other students musicians can perform. The group sponsors six annual full concerts, contributing to the vibrant music culture that defines Oberlin.

Sample Courses

  • APST 122 - Performing Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas 1 credits
  • APST 330 - Cello Orchestral Repertoire Class 2 credits
  • MHST 255 - Music of the Romantic Era 4 credits

Cello News

four members of a student string quartet take a bow.

Resounding Runout

February 12, 2020
First-year students complete a winter term tour, bridging cultures along the way.