Program Overview

Historical Keyboard Instruments

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.

historical keyboard
One of more than 20 historical keyboards available for use by conservatory students and faculty.
Photo credit: Conservatory of Music

Program Facts

Program Director

David Breitman,
Associate Professor of Historical Performance

students perform on baroque instruments
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.

Performance Ensembles

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.

Historical Keyboard Instruments News

Bridge to History

October 13, 2021

Celebration of Oberlin’s Bridge Memorial Organ begins with Oct. 16 recital; continues Oct. 30-31.
Bridge Organ in Fairchild Chapel.