historical keyboard
One of about 13 fortepianos and harpsichords available for use by conservatory students and faculty.
Photo credit: Conservatory of Music

Historical Keyboard Instruments

Program Type:
  • Graduate
  • Master of Music (MM)

Our Historical Keyboards Program features study of the harpsichord, fortepiano and organ. Coursework includes applied study, music history, performance practice, and music theory. Students also will have a range of opportunities to perform with a variety of student ensembles.

Program Director

David Breitman

Associate Professor of Historical Performance
Division Affiliation
Contact

Cindy Shairba

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8198
Oberlin Conservatory students perform on period instruments in Warner Concert Hall. Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Oberlin Baroque Orchestra

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.

Historical Keyboard 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.

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“One of the great joys about teaching at Oberlin is working with the extraordinary organists who come here to study. Our Oberlin students keep us thinking all the time, and they always challenge us to be better teachers.”

James David Christie , Professor of Organ
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