Young musicians from nearly every state across America and dozens of countries receive world-class training from our outstanding faculty of artist-teachers. You’ll study and perform in superior facilities and discover passions that will sustain you throughout your professional life. Find out why we were awarded the prestigious National Medal of Arts.
Facts at a Glance
Meet the Class of 2022
Oberlin’s first-year enrolling students come to us from 44 states and 35countries.
Our internationally renowned faculty are dedicated teachers and communicative artists. They spend generous hours teaching lessons, coaching ensembles, and providing close mentorship. Individual instruction is tailored to the particular needs of each student.Explore Faculty in Oberlin Conservatory of Music
“The great thing about music and those that are gifted is that it can often say things that words can’t. You are here to refine your technical abilities, but also to find your voice. Your voice can be angry. It can be defiant. It can be sad. It can be joyful. When you are committed to finding your voice, almost anything can have that resonance.”Fredara Hadley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
Notable Oberlin Alumni
Robert Spano1984 Conductor
Jennifer Koh1997 Violinist
Theo Croker2007 Jazz trumpet
Tuition & Fees
We’re committed to making the conservatory accessible to exceptional musicians—more than 90 percent of our students receive merit-based scholarships.
Choose from more than 500 (mostly free) concerts each year, including 25 student ensembles, and two opera theater productions—or tour one of the top five college museums in the country.
Student clubs aren’t just for fun. Spanning music, social justice, faith, identity, politics, sports, and art, clubs are an essential part of your Oberlin education.
Teach fellow Obies how to play an instrument, work with our on-campus record label, DJ a special event, or browse available gigs in the area.
With nine performance spaces, 150 naturally lit practice rooms, 240-plus Steinway pianos, and a world-class recording studio, you’ll have everything you need to excel.