Program Overview

Historical Oboes

The early oboe is a period instrument offered in the Division of Historical Performance. Coursework includes applied study on historical instruments, music history, performance practice, and music theory. Students also will have a range of performance opportunities on and off campus.

people performing with baroque instruments
Oberlin Conservatory faculty, students, and guest artists perform in a concert as the culminating event of the annual Baroque Performance Institute.
Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Program Facts

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

Program Director

Mark Edwards,
Associate Professor of Harpsichord

students in concert in chapel
Conservatory students sing and perform on historical instruments during a concert in Fairchild Chapel.
Photo credit: Jennifer Manna

Historical Performance

Oberlin sponsors approximately 500 concerts on campus each year, including recitals and concerts by the more than 25 student ensembles. These concerts range from jazz to contemporary guitar, historical and classical to popular, and from computer-generated to acoustic and newer works. Students have many opportunities to perfect their talents before different audiences.

Performance Ensembles

Historical Oboes 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