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.

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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Trumpet alum Ashley Hale ’16 performs 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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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

Hone your intellectual and artistic passions—and put them into practice. 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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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 inspiring 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 unique 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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Related News

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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.”

Oberlin-Como Piano Academy Enters Second Year

August 2, 2017
Oberlin Conservatory will begin its second full year as the U.S. home of the International Piano Academy Lake Como with a schedule of master artist residencies beginning this fall.

Upcoming Events

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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