Keyboard Studies

Keyboard studies encompasses areas of study related to the organ and piano. Focused study, along with exposure to a range of music literature, superb facilities, private instruction, and many performance opportunities provide students with an enriching educational experience.


Our faculty are outstanding teacher-performers who are devoted to the development of undergraduate musicians. These highly skilled artists maintain rigorous performance schedules while spending generous amounts of time with their students providing individual instruction, coaching, mentoring, and more.

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The Division of Keyboard Studies offers the major in organ and piano.  

Oberlin Conservatory’s especially strong keyboard faculty, many opportunities to perform, superb facilities, and an active schedule of master classes and residencies by visiting artists are the components that make an Oberlin education exceptional for piano majors.

The organ program is designed to help students develop excellence in performance and an understanding of a broad range of repertoire. Long recognized as one of the world’s leading centers for organ instruction, Oberlin Conservatory has graduated musicians who have become professors of music, church musicians, university organists and scholars, and winners of national and international awards.

Upcoming Keyboard Studies Events

Keyboard Studies News

2023 Cooper International Competition for Piano Opens

July 30, 2023

Nineteen young pianists from around the world have arrived in Oberlin and have drawn for their order of performance. They will take the stage July 31 through August 4 for the twelfth annual Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition. Each of them are vying for a share of $40,000—including a $20,000 first prize—and a solo appearance with The Cleveland Orchestra.
Cooper Competition yellow, red and white graphic with a violin set on a piano keyboard

Universal Languages

July 13, 2023

Kenji Anderson came to Oberlin to study English and piano—and left with a deepened love of Japan.
Kenji Anderson.

Keyboard Studies Facilities

Fairchild Chapel

The centerpiece of Bosworth Hall is Fairchild Chapel, a 150-seat facility that features a pipe organ based on building principles of the early 17th century.
Fairchild Chapel

Kulas Organ Center

The Kulas Organ Center has 13 practice rooms that are equipped with organs of various designs, both mechanical action and electro-pneumatic.
organ keyboard and organ stops

Kulas Recital Hall

With seating for 148, intimate Kulas is ideal for chamber music performances and solo recitals.
Kulas Recital Hall

Warner Concert Hall

This 496-seat hall adjoins the Conservatory of Music and is used for numerous student and faculty recitals, as well as recording sessions.
Warner Concert Hall