a Grabner-style harpsichord in David H. Stull Recital Hall
This Grabner-style harpsichord in David H. Stull Recital Hall was a gift to the conservatory for use by students, faculty, and guest artists. Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97
Program Overview


Program Type: Major, Minor, Graduate
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Master of Music (MM)
Division: Historical Performance

Our historical performance division offers rigorous study and private instruction in 13 instruments, including harpsichord. Coursework involves applied study on historical instruments, music history, music theory, performance practice, plus a wide range of performance opportunities, including recitals and concerts.

trio of musicians
Fairchild Chapel is often the venue for chamber music ensembles whose members perform on period instruments. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Chamber Music Ensembles

Oberlin sponsors approximately 500 concerts on campus each year, including recitals and concerts by the more than 25 student ensembles. From historical performance 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 240 - Continuo Realization at the Keyboard 2
  • APST 241 - Introduction to Historical Keyboard Instruments for Pianists 2
  • APST 843 - Baroque Ensemble 2
  • CNST 141 - Harpsichord Tuning Practicum 1

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