The Division of Winds, Brass, and Percussion includes study in flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, and percussion.
The undergraduate focus of Oberlin allows for supportive faculty mentorship in a collegial atmosphere. Numerous performance opportunities are available beginning in a student's first year in the conservatory's orchestral and chamber music ensembles, as well as in recitals of solo repertoire. The division emphasizes the development of technique and musicianship honed through individualized private instruction, orchestral repertoire classes, audition preparation, and professional development guidance. Students will gain confidence, performance acumen, auditioning skills, and artistry across a broad repertoire and are prepared for exceptional careers in the orchestral field and in entrepreneurial small ensembles.
Our faculty are outstanding artist-teachers who provide individual instruction and spend generous amounts of time with their students via lessons, coachings, and mentoring often while maintaining rigorous performance schedules.
The woodwinds, brass, and percussion curricula are intense and stimulating. Oberlin's full-time resident faculty includes nationally recognized teacher-performers committed to providing nurturing, yet rigorous instruction. Highly selective admission standards limit the number of students, ensuring that all receive individualized instruction.
Curricular offerings include:
- reed-making classes
- orchestral repertoire classes for brass and woodwinds
- marimba and timpani mallet construction
- chamber music classes for small ensembles
- emphasis on solo and ensemble performance