Conservatory of Music

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Charles Colwell plays a movement from Ernest Bloch’s "Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra," in Finney Chapel. Colwell won a performance opportunity through the Oberlin Conservatory’s annual concerto competition. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Oberlin opens a world of possibilities: esteemed faculty mentors, exposure to resident and guest artists, transformative curricula, exemplary facilities, and countless opportunities to perform—on campus and beyond.

Facts at a Glance

6:1
student/faculty ratio
580
conservatory students
180
double-degree students
42
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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 was a technology in music and related arts (TIMARA) and computer science double major, who put his programming skills to work in the TIMARA department, while exploring the realms of digital art in CS. Photo credit: Mika Johnson

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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Members of the Oberlin Orchestra assemble on stage for a rehearsal in Finney Chapel. Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

On Stage

Performance is an integral part of Oberlin life, as more than 500 (mostly free) concerts are presented each year. With two-dozen-plus ensembles and a focus on the 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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Entrepreneur in Residence Holley Murchison (right), founder and principal at Oratory Glory, LLC, presented the workshop, “Bringing the True You to the Table,” then met with LaunchU participants one on one. Photo credit: Jeong Hyun Hwang ’17

Professional Development

The offices of Conservatory Professional Development and Creativity & Leadership offer a range of services and 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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Heewon Lee (cello) and Allie Su (piano) rehearse in one of the conservatory’s large practice rooms. Photo credit: Jeong Hyun Hwang '17

Conservatory Complex

The conservatory boasts exceptional facilities: nine concert halls, 150 practice rooms, more than 240 Steinway pianos, and 28 organs for practice and performance. You’ll have access to important instrument collections, six electronic music studios, and our conservatory library, which includes Special Collections that are prized by music researchers around the globe and essential to teaching and learning at Oberlin.

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Oberlin Conservatory of Music Faculty

Our 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, Barker 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 supports a culture of risk taking that leads to high achievement. Conservatory students and alumni earn top honors in major national and international competitions and perform in some of the world’s foremost venues. Graduates excel in many areas—from conductors and soloists to composers and entrepreneurs. Think one person can change the world? So do they:

  • Stanley Cowell ’62 composer
  • Jeremy Denk ’90, pianist
  • Darrett Adkins ’91, cellist
  • Lisa Kaplan ’96, Eighth Blackbird
  • Marcy Stonikas ’02, soprano
     

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