Program Overview

Classical Guitar

The classical guitar major emphasizes the full range of chamber literature. In addition to primary study on classical guitar, students can borrow and take lessons on a school-owned Renaissance lute, baroque lute, theorbo, vihuela, and baroque guitar. Students can take advantage of our extraordinary jazz guitar program for secondary lessons in that area. The program offers numerous performance opportunities, regular exposure to guest artists who perform recitals and teach master classes, and seminars that address career preparation. The major is supported by an extensive collection of guitar scores and recordings in the conservatory library.

Student guitarist performing in Kulas Recital Hall.
Guitar student Brian King '18 performs in Kulas Recital Hall.
Photo credit: Stephen Aron

Program Facts

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

String Division Director

Sibbi Bernhardsson,
Professor of Violin


Stephen Aron, Teacher of Classical Guitar
two students performing on guitar and flute
Conservatory student guitarist performs chamber music in Kulas Recital Hall.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Guitar Ensemble

Oberlin guitar students have ample opportunities for performance over and above the required degree recitals. Students also play at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Kendal Senior Living Community’s formal concert stage, or with one of the conservatory’s 25 large ensembles such as the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. With three standard concert spaces on campus for guitar recitals, few institutions have as many perfect rooms for the guitar.

Performance Ensembles

Classical Guitar News

This Week in Photos: The Soundtrack of Fall

November 27, 2020

A guitar ensemble performance in Kulas Recital Hall featured Suvan Agarwal '23, Aidan Wiley '20, and Craig Slagh '21. The passion demonstrated in their live streamed performance was captured in photos and chosen to be among the images included in this week’s photo series.
Three students play guitar on stage.