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 is comprised of outstanding teacher-performers who are devoted primarily to undergraduate education. These highly skilled musicians maintain rigorous performance schedules yet provide individual instruction and spend generous amounts of time with their students via lessons, 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

Oberlin Improv Fest 2023 Celebrates Range of Creative Practices

March 2, 2023

This year Oberlin students have had the opportunity for the first time to declare a minor in a new formalized course of study in improvisation. And from Thursday, March 2 through Saturday, March 4, they will have an immersive experience in the Oberlin Improv Fest 2023. All events of the festival are also open to audiences and are free.
Four guest artists of the Oberlin Improv Festival

Peter Takács Begins Three Concert Series of Beethoven’s Complete Violin Sonatas

December 9, 2022

Oberlin piano professor and avowed Beethoven devotee Peter Takács will be bringing the composer’s 10 violin sonatas to Kulas Recital Hall over the course of three concerts this academic year. The first edition, on Sunday, December 11, features three violinists on Oberlin’s faculty—Sibbi Bernhardsson and Verona Quartet violinists Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro—and guest artist Daniel Stepner.
man with glasses wearing a dark suite sits at the piano

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