Each semester, Oberlin Conservatory offers a series of programming intended to promote robust physical and mental health for students, and also to integrate social justice programming with a focus on maintaining a healthy community environment for all.

See the list below for a sample of the Spring 2020 programs.

If there are additional programs or resources you would like to see offered, please contact Associate Dean for Academic Support Chris Jenkins at cjenkins@oberlin.edu .

Spring Semester 2020 - Past Events
Alexander Technique
Injury Prevention 
Yoga for Musicians

Did you miss out on Contemporary Alexander workshops this semester? 
Robyn Avalon, CAS, and Wendy Waggener return to Oberlin February 3-9. To learn more about Alexander Technique and Avalon's system,  visit her website.

Individual sessions available by signing up online.

Group sessions

  • Intro Session. Tuesday, February 4, 12-1:30 p.m. in C-32.
  • Alexander Technique: Neck/Back/Shoulder Issues. Thursday, February 6, 12-1:30 p.m. in C-32. 
  • Alexander Technique: "You are An Alien Bug." Friday, February 7, 2:30-4 p.m. in Bibbins 325. 
  • Alexander Technique: For Vocalists and Other Breathing Issues. Saturday, February 8, 12-1:30 pm in Bibbins 237. 

Feeling frazzled by the time you reach the end of a semester? 
Conductor and mindfulness practitioner John Thomas Dodson will lead three workshops on three Sundays in February and March, Mindfulness for Creative People, to provide insights into the mindsets and interior practices of creative people and to offer strategies to address the obstructions, views, and mental barriers that can hold us back from reaching our full potential. He is the founder of Blue Heron Mindfulness Living  and an expert on Buddhist and Vipassana meditation.
Sunday, February 16, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Bibbins 325
Sunday, February 23, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Bibbins 233
Sunday, March 1, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Bibbins 325

Looking for tips on injury prevention? 
Dr. Alan Lockwood will be giving a presentation on "Injury Prevention for Musicians." His talk will focus on repetitive stress injuries, focal dystonia, and other issues affecting musicians. 

Lockwood is a board certified neurologist and a Fellow of the America Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association. He was a founding member of the Performing Artists Medical Association, served on the editorial board of Medical Problems of Performing Artists, and the author of an influential article on medical problems of musicians in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Wednesday, March 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Bibbins 325

"Yoga for Musicians"
Get tips on injury prevention and take part in yoga sessions designed specifically for musicians with yogi-musicians Elena Urioste, violin soloist, and Melissa White, of the Harlem Quartet.

Large and small group sessions available.

Wednesday, April 15