student performers
Students in the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble perform in Warner Concert Hall. Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83
Program Overview


Program Type: Graduate
  • Master of Music (MM)
Division: Historical Performance

Fortepiano is one seven period instruments offered in our Historical Instruments Program. Coursework includes applied study, music history, performance practice, and music theory. Students also will have a range of performance opportunities with a variety of student ensembles.

students perform on baroque instruments
Students in the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble perform on period instruments for an Opera Scenes show in Fairchild Chapel. Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Oberlin Baroque Ensemble

Oberlin sponsors approximately 500 concerts and recitals on campus each year, plus dance and opera theater productions. Student musicians, vocalists, and others have many opportunities to perform in large and more intimate campus venues with the conservatory’s more than 25 student-led ensembles.

Fortepiano 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.

Explore Faculty within Fortepiano

“Oberlin is really notable for having paid attention to this field earlier than virtually any school in the United States. Music students the world over are still eager to play old music. It’s really astonishing.”

David Breitman, Associate Professor of Historical Performance
See Profile