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Hands-on learning and coaching are essential to a conservatory student’s education. Here, students in the annual winter-term Chamber Music Intensive get instruction from two members of The Cleveland Orchestra. Photo credit: Scott Shaw

Young musicians from 43 states and 44 countries train at our nationally recognized conservatory. Receive world-class musical training from our outstanding faculty of teacher-performers, practice and perform in superior facilities, and find out why we received the prestigious National Medal of Arts.

Facts at a Glance

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pipes in Fisk organ

Meet the Class of 2021

Oberlin’s first-year enrolling students come to us from 43 states and 44 countries.


Close mentoring relationships are a cornerstone of conservatory success. Our faculty members have performed all over the world and are at the top of their areas of expertise. Thanks to our 6:1 student-faculty ratio, you’ll really get to know them—and they’ll help prime you for professional success.

Explore Faculty in Oberlin Conservatory of Music

“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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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.


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

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

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 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.

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.

Talk to Us

Check out our programs, and performance and practice spaces, and decide if Oberlin Conservatory is right for you.