Our Historical Instruments Program features study in seven period instruments (harpsichord, fortepiano, organ, historical flutes, historical oboes, recorder, Baroque violin, Baroque cello, and viola da gamba). Coursework includes applied study, music history, continuo realization at the keyboard, performance practice, and music theory. Students also will have a range of performance opportunities.
Historical Instruments 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.
“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