Program Overview


Study of the harp is centered on the broad experiences of our faculty who provide students with rigorous instruction tailored to their needs and goals as a musician. We seek to develop students’ talents to the highest musical and professional levels through private lessons, a range of performance opportunities, and more. The bachelor of music program in harp encompasses private instruction leading to thorough development in technique, style, musicianship, interpretation, pedagogy, and repertoire coupled with essential opportunities to perform in chamber and improvisational ensembles, contemporary music ensembles, and orchestras. The program includes the weekly harp seminar, harp ensemble, and courses in music theory and music history.

Conservatory student harpist plays with the Oberlin Orchestra during its Chicago concert tour
Conservatory student harpist plays with the Oberlin Orchestra during its Chicago concert tour.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Program Facts

  • Program Type: Major
    • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Division: Strings

Strings Division Director

Peter Slowik,
Professor of Viola

student harpist
Student harpist performs with Oberlin Musical Union in Finney Chapel.
Photo credit: John Seyfried

Performance Ensemble

Oberlin produces nearly 500 concerts on campus each year—from recitals by students, faculty, and guest artists to concerts by the more than 25 student ensembles. The conservatory and college present performances to satisfy any musical interest covering a multitude of genres from classical to jazz to contemporary; acoustic to electronic to computer-generated; and from time-tested masterworks to music created now.

Performance Ensembles

Harp 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.

The harp is an interesting instrument to study because it is generally perceived as somewhat underserved, underheard ... perhaps even underappreciated. That makes it even more important [for students] to get really thorough, comprehensive, serious training.

Yolanda Kondonassis, Assistant Professor of Harp

Harp News

Life After Oberlin

Notable Oberlin Alumni

Principal Harp of The Cleveland Orchestra

Founder and Director of GreenSpring International Academy of Music

Harp Instructor at Mills College