Developed from the Oberlin College Career Center, the Office of Conservatory Professional Development is geared specifically to the needs of conservatory students. Our services include helping you craft résumés, build personal websites, network in person and digitally with alumni and others, and secure internships, grants, and winter-term opportunities.
Additionallly the office manages a gig referral service to help identify talented conservatory students. We’ll match you to paid music-based performance opportunities on campus and in the area. Our career advancement service lists such opportunities as competitions, workshops, fellowships, performances, grants, master classes, and seminars offered from around the world. The office also collaborates with campus offices and academic departments to offer more robust support.
Dana Jessen is Oberlin Conservatory’s director of conservatory professional development. She teaches during the summers at the Walden School Young Musicians Program, where she also performs with the Walden School Players. She has presented master classes and workshops on topics involving contemporary music and improvisation for students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and University of California at Berkeley, among others.
She holds a MM in Bassoon Performance with academic honors from the New England Conservatory of Music and a MM in Improvisation from the Artez Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the Netherlands. She lived in Amsterdam for three years after receiving a 2009-2011 HSP Huygens Fellowship. and 2008-2009 J. William Fulbright Fellowship to research contemporary and improvised music.
Office of Conservatory Professional Development
Robertson Hall 130