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 Type:
  • Major
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)

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.

Program Director

David Bowlin

Associate Professor of Violin
Division Affiliation

Cindy Shairba

Administrative Assistant (440) 775-8198
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
  • APST 272 - Stringed Instrument Class 2 credits

Cello News

Student playing with iPad sheet music

The Great Screen Test

January 26, 2018
Oberlin Conservatory musicians trade paper scores for iPad Pros.
album cover for Myth & Tradition

Cello Professor Darrett Adkins Releases Myth & Tradition

August 18, 2017
On his new release for Oberlin Music, Myth & Tradition , Oberlin Associate Professor of Cello Darrett Adkins ’91 teams up with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble for the world-premiere recording of a commissioned work, Su Lian Tan’s “Legends of Kintamani.”