Program Overview

Historical Performance

Coursework in historical performance requires students to not only study and perfect their chosen instrument, but also understand the cultural and musical history behind the pieces they perform. You can purse study in nine different instruments including fortepiano, harpsichord, organ, recorder, early and historical oboes, viola da gamba, and Baroque flute, violin, and cello. You can also pursue combined studies in historical keyboards and Baroque cello with viola da gamba.

Performance of strings and harpsichord
Oberlin Baroque Orchestra in concert.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Program Facts


Mark Edwards,
Associate Professor of Harpsichord


Oberlin Orchestra in Finney Chapel
Oberlin Orchestra performance in Finney Chapel.
Photo credit: John Seyfried

Performance Ensembles

Oberlin sponsors approximately 500 concerts on campus each year, including recitals and concerts by the more than 25 student ensembles, and performances and master classes by guest artists. 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

Upcoming Historical Performance Events

Historical Performance News