Oberlin Conservatory offers a range of small ensembles, including jazz and piano ensembles, and various chamber music groups. Oberlin Conservatory and Double Degree Program students are expected to participate in a small ensemble.

Visit the Conservatory Policies and Procedures web page for information regarding off-campus travel and dress codes. Other information includes practice rooms, keys, and locker assignments.

Conservatory and double-degree students wishing to enroll in APST 800 Chamber Music, APST 805 Contemporary Chamber Music, or APST 810 Piano Ensemble must complete a Chamber Music Request Form . This form is due the first week of classes; generally the 2nd or 3rd day of classes! Please see Small Chamber Music Deadlines for application due dates and procedures.

In most cases, you will not be able to register during your preliminary pre-registration window as groups are still pending. 

Final assignments and CRNs will be posted (and/or sent via email) outside of Bibbins, Room 126, and consent entered on OberView and PRESTO just one day prior to the add/drop deadline. Students are expected to register prior to the add/drop deadline.

Two Chamber Groups

In rare cases, some students are placed in two small chamber groups. The system will not allow online registration for two small groups. For registrational purposes, students must manually complete a gray add/drop card in order to override and activate registration for two groups.

If consented for two groups, faculty signatures are not required. However, you will need to take the card to the Office of the Registrar in Carnegie West prior to the add/drop deadline.

An annual audition held the first week of classes during the fall semester is required for all non-jazz majors, both conservatory and arts and science students, interested in playing in Oberlin Jazz Small Ensembles.

Audition sign-up sheets and audition/placement results are posted outside Kohl Building, 200-A. Students will meet and play for faculty in a relaxed setting. Students who successfully pass the audition will be placed into the pool of students eligible to participate in small jazz ensembles.

Jazz majors are automatically placed into the pool of students who form the small jazz ensembles. Students form their own ensembles based on criteria established by the Division of Jazz Studies. Jazz majors are required to register for any participating ensemble that is required for their major.

All students who intend to participate in small jazz ensembles must attend the ensemble formation meeting at 12:15 p.m., in the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse on the first Friday of the semester.

Groups that meet the criteria are assigned to a faculty sponsor, and receive a weekly coaching time. Students are notified by the Division of Jazz Studies of their consent just prior to the registration deadline, and must register for credit.

Two Jazz Groups

In some cases students are placed in two small jazz ensembles. The system will not allow online registration for two small groups. For registrational purposes, students must manually complete a gray add/drop card in order to override and activate registration for two groups.

If consented for two groups, they will not need faculty signatures, but will need to take the card to the Office of the Registrar prior to the add/drop deadline.

Final placement results and CRNs will be posted (and/or sent via email), and consent entered on OberView and PRESTO prior to the add/drop deadline. Students are expected to register prior to the add/drop deadline.

Signups and information for Small Jazz Ensemble Auditions are available outside Kohl Bldg, 200-A.

Note: Small Jazz Ensemble auditions are only offered in the fall for non-jazz majors. Jazz majors will be assigned to groups in the spring.

Contact Julie Baker , Kohl Building, 200-A, x56633

The Oberlin Arts and Sciences Chamber Group - Small ensembles specifically geared toward college students. Auditions and placements will take place during the first week of classes. Please contact Chris Jenkins for specific date and time.

Requirements
  • To receive credit for small ensembles, you must register for the course for 2 credits in OberView or PRESTO  or use a gray add/drop card before the add/drop registration ends.
  • Students will receive online consent one day prior to the add/drop deadline. A faculty signature is not required. It is the student’s responsibility to register by the add/drop deadline.
  • All students must register for ensemble credit in order to meet their graduation requirements (0 or 1 credit is not an option).
  • Check the small ensemble requirements specified for your major in your Major Grids or Catalog .
  • Because of the intensity of individual and group energy devoted to successful chamber music playing, the string faculty strongly suggest that you limit yourself to one group.
  • Students typically are assigned to only one small ensemble per semester. In case you do commit to two groups, mark your first and second choice, as the committee cannot guarantee an assignment in a second group.
  • Students assigned to two groups will not be able to register on OberView/PRESTO. These few students must manually complete a gray add/drop card submitted to the Office of the Registrar prior to the add/drop deadline. A faculty signature is not required.
  • First-year woodwind students must register for Prima Vista fall semester. Please do not register for a small ensemble group.
  • Ensembles taken for credit must be registered for and graded during the semester of participation.
  • Final assignments and CRNs will be posted outside the applied studies office, Bibbins 126, (or emailed by Jazz AA for jazz ensembles). Consent will be entered on OberView/PRESTO just one day prior to the add/drop deadline. Emails will be sent to students if time allows.

Chamber Music contact: Cindy Shairba
Jazz Ensemble contact: Julie Baker