String players seated in a circle receiving instruction.
Master classes are a regular feature of conservatory life. Here, two members of The Cleveland Orchestra instruct a quartet during the winter-term Chamber Music Intensive. Photo credit: Scott Shaw

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

6:1
student/faculty ratio
350
conservatory students
175+
double-degree students
42
areas of private study
25+
student ensembles
9
concert venues
500+
performances per year
1877
became all-Steinway school
43
listening stations
1
music library
6
music labs
150
practice rooms
1
music label
240+
Steinways
1,500
instruments owned
4,014
pipes in Fisk organ
3
recital halls
28
organs
6
special collections
12+
master classes and jazz clinics
1865
conservatory established
2009
National Medal of Arts awarded
440
acres
136k
sound recordings
1
entrepreneurship program
2
career communities
150,000
music scores
8
co-op organizations
$5
rent artwork
12
MacArthur ‘‘genius’’ fellows
5
environmentally sustainable buildings
13
organ practice rooms
5
electronic music studios
5
interdisciplinary music courses
100%
demonstrated need met
4
campus libraries

Meet the Class of 2023

Oberlin’s first-year enrolling students come to us from 46 states and 43 countries.

Faculty

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

“I think that there’s a new understanding that we are all humans and we can do our best work if we take care of ourselves and if we take care of each other, and I am happy to be teaching from that perspective.”

Katherine Jolly, Associate Professor of Voice
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Additional Resources

Instruments

Passionate about jazz guitar, vocal performance, chamber music, or electronic soundscapes? Sharpen your focus while broadening your sense of what’s possible.

Oberlin Facts and Outcomes

Learn more about Oberlin’s students, both while they are here and beyond.

Tuition & Fees

We’re committed to making the conservatory accessible to exceptional musicians—more than 90 percent of our students receive merit-based scholarships.

Get Involved

students dressed in costumes for opera show.

Cultural Life

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 college museums in the country.

students lined up outside library singing.

Clubs

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.

music students sitting with instruments preparing to play.

Community Engagement

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.

Conservatory Facilities

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.