Program Overview


Study in our horn program is both intense and stimulating. Our individualized instruction, private lessons, master classes, and performance opportunities support the development of technique and musicianship.

Close-up of 4 French horn players performing in an orchestra
The Horn section of a performance by the Oberlin Orchestra.
Photo credit: Dale Preston ’84

Program Facts

Division Director

Michael Rosen,
Professor of Percussion


Performance Opportunities

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. At the Oberlin Conservatory, you will play in ensembles of all types and sizes, beginning with your first semester on campus. 

More about performance ensembles

Horn Faculty

Professor of Horn Roland Pandolfi has extensive experience as an orchestral, solo, and chamber musician. He was principal horn of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for 35 years, where his solo performances with the St. Louis Symphony include concertos of Mozart, Haydn, Strauss, Bernard Heiden, and the Britten Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings. His success as a teacher is apparent from the overwhelming success of his students, who have won positions in internationally acclaimed orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony.

Horn News

Winter Term - Summer 2020

September 3, 2020

More than 200 students performed individual and group projects during this year’s Winter Term. Although typically held in January, it was shifted to August this year under the same premise: a time for students to explore opportunities outside of their regular course of study.
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