Program Overview

Contemporary Chamber Music

Study of Contemporary Chamber Music is ideal for students skilled in any instrument who don’t yet have artistic management and are available to study full time. Instruction includes intensive coaching, individual applied study, and coursework in theory, musicology, entrepreneurship, and the development of artistic administration skills. Ensembles will benefit from support for touring, recording, and competitions.

CME performance
This Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble performance featured the premiere of "Snow requiem" by composer Aaron Helgeson ’05.
Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Program Facts

  • Program Type: Graduate
    • Master of Contemporary Chamber Music (MCCM)
  • Division: Contemporary Music

Program Director

Timothy Weiss,
Professor of Conducting


Timothy Weiss, Director
tim weiss conductor
Director Tim Weiss leads a rehearsal of a small ensemble.
Photo credit: William Rieter

Performance Ensemble

Oberlin sponsors approximately 500 concerts on campus each year, including recitals and concerts by the more than 25 student ensembles, including or Contemporary Chamber Ensembles. From jazz to contemporary guitar, classical to popular, computer-generated to acoustic, and from familiar compositions to newer works, the college and conservatory present performances to satisfy any musical interest.

Performance Ensembles

Contemporary Chamber Music Faculty

Conservatory faculty maintain active performance schedules while remaining accessible and committed to their students. Individual instruction is paramount to helping students develop their mechanical, technical, stylistic, psychological, and musical skills.

“Our job is to bring to life new works.”

Timothy Weiss, Professor of Conducting

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