Our Division of Strings is centered on the broad experiences of our faculty who provide students with painstaking instruction tailored to their needs and goals as a musician. Our strings division seeks to develop students’ talents to the highest musical and professional levels. Students in this division can pursue instruction and performance in cello, double bass, guitar, harp, viola, strings, and violin.


Our faculty are outstanding teacher-performers who are devoted primarily to undergraduate education. They maintain busy performance schedules yet provide individual instruction tailored to the needs of each student, and spend generous amounts of time with their students via lessons, coaching, mentoring, and more.

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The string curriculum aims to develop students’ talents to the highest musical and professional levels. String students have been enormously successful in the musical world. Some hold positions in major orchestras and chamber ensembles, while others teach in music schools, universities, and conservatories around the world.

String music education graduates are employed in school music programs around the country.

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Strings News

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Winter Term: Recording the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with Piano

September 10, 2020
Fourth-year violin major Peiwen Su took on the ambitious project to learn and record the entire Stravinsky Violin Concerto in D major. The project was both challenging and inspirational—and demonstrated to Su what is possible in this new reality.

Strings Facilities

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Bibbins Hall

The Oberlin Conservatory’s main teaching building has 40 studios and 10 classrooms. Private instruction, ensemble coaching, and classroom instruction take place here.
Conservatory Central Unit

Conservatory Central Unit

The Central Unit is part of the Oberlin Conservatory’s main complex and includes classrooms, rehearsal rooms, studios, and more.
Kulas Recital Hall

Kulas Recital Hall

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