Conservatory of Music

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Oberlin opens a world of possibilities: mentorship from esteemed faculty, exposure to transformative programs and visiting artists, access to exemplary facilities, and countless opportunities to perform—on campus and beyond.

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Facts at a Glance

6:1
student/faculty ratio
580
conservatory students
180
double-degree students
42
areas of private study
A student reviews a music score in a quiet area of the conservatory library. Photo credit: William Rieter

Areas of Study

With majors ranging from historical performance to electronic music, and with 42 areas of private study, Oberlin Conservatory transforms talented undergraduate musicians into disciplined professionals.

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Eli Stine ’14 completed a double degree in technology in music and related arts (TIMARA) and computer science. Photo credit: Mika Johnson ’00

Double Degree Program

We’re the only major music school in the country that shares a seamless campus with a liberal arts college. This allows you to earn bachelor’s degrees from both the conservatory and the college in five years or fewer.

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Ashley Hale ’16 performs on trumpet with the Oberlin Orchestra at Chicago’s Symphony Center. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

On Stage

Performance is an integral part of Oberlin life. Each year, students, faculty, and guest artists present 500 concerts spanning five centuries of music. With more than two dozen large ensembles and a robust small-ensemble culture, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to perform in a variety of styles on campus—and around the world.

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Conservatory Professional Development is conveniently located near the practice rooms in Robertson Hall. Photo credit: Julie Gulenko ’15

Professional Development

Hone your intellectual and artistic passions—and put them into practice. The offices of Conservatory Professional Development and Creativity & Leadership present on-campus workshops and programs developed to bring your career into focus and offer guidance every step of the way.

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The main entrance to Bibbins Hall faces Tappan Square in the heart of campus. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Conservatory Complex

The conservatory boasts exceptional facilities: nine concert halls, 150 practice rooms, more than 240 Steinway pianos, and an incredible 32 organs for practice and performance. You’ll have access to important instrument collections, seven electronic music studios, and one of the nation’s top conservatory libraries, including Special Collections that are prized by music researchers around the globe and play an integral role in teaching and learning at Oberlin.

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Oberlin Conservatory of Music Faculty

Our internationally renowned faculty are dedicated teachers and communicative artists. They spend generous hours teaching lessons, coaching ensembles, and providing caring mentorship. Individual instruction is tailored to the needs of each student.

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“I encourage them to speak music at the highest possible level. That means you think about it, you speculate, you listen carefully—you engage with it as deeply as you possibly can.”

Brian Alegant , Professor of Music Theory
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Oberlin’s annual Commencement/Reunion Weekend ceremony signals the start of life after Oberlin. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Life After Oberlin

Oberlin fosters a culture of risk-taking that leads to high achievement. Our alumni earn top honors in major national and international competitions across the musical spectrum. They excel as performing artists and as conductors, composers, producers, theoreticians, entrepreneurs, historians, and educators. Think one person can change the world? So do they:

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