Conservatory Professional Development

A student meets with a career advisor
Dana Jessen, director of conservatory professional development, works with a student in the Robertson Hall office.
Photo credit: Julie Gulenko ’15

The Office of Conservatory Professional Development assists conservatory students, musical studies majors from the College of Arts and Sciences, and recent alumni in attaining skills necessary to develop diverse and fulfilling careers in music.

Along with collaborating on programming with Oberlin College's Career Exploration and Development, we provide a wide variety of services. These include workshops and individual advising on résumés, cover letters, bios, electronic press kits, graduate school applications, job searches, and topics involving artist-run organizations. Guidance is also available for identifying, creating, and/or applying for internship and winter-term opportunities.

We also support students' connections to parent and alumni networks by joining Career Communities in Arts and Creative Professions and Music Leadership. Learn more about how Career Communities work and how to apply.

Through Oberlin’s entrepreneurial accelerator, the Center for Innovation & Impact, we also connect you to internal and external funding sources such as FIGs grants, the XARTs fund, and competitive fellowship and award programs including Fulbright and Watson.

Oberlin Conservatory’s Office of Professional Development is a core component of the Division of Pedagogy, Advocacy, and Community Engagement, which prepares students for practicing culturally responsive pedagogies throughout diverse settings and to be articulate advocates for music education.

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