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 Type:
  • Major
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)

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, coaching, instrumental technique, a range of performance opportunities, and more.

Program Director

David Bowlin

Professor of Violin
Division Affiliation

Cindy Shairba

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8198
student harapist
Student harpist performs with Oberlin Music Union in Finney Chapel. Photo credit: John Seyfried

Performance Ensemble

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

Sample Courses

  • APST 814 - Harp Ensemble 2 credits
  • MUTH 131 - Music Theory I 4 credits
  • MUTH 101 - Aural Skills I 2 credits

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.

Explore Faculty within Harp

“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
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