150 Years of Oberlin Conservatory

January 14, 2016

Conservatory Communications Staff

During this year’s Commencement/Reunion Weekend, the college celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The items below include a photograph of the Mahan-Morgan House, which was built for Oberlin’s first president, Asa Mahan, and later was home to the conservatory. To find information about other buildings in the conservatory’s history, view the archives’ guide to the Architecture of Oberlin College.

Also pictured is the handbill from the first conservatory concert in 1865, students playing music around a charter bus in 1952, students boarding a plane for the Soviet Union tour in 1964, the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble with Anthony Braxton in 1982, and a rooftop concert in downtown Oberlin circa 1970s-80s.

The archives will host exhibitions during Commencement Weekend (Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22) commemorating the 50th anniversary of the class of 1966, the 25th anniversary of the class of 1991, and the 150th anniversary of Oberlin. Exhibitions will be located in the Goodrich Room on the fourth floor of Mudd, and in the Academic Commons. 

Mahan-Morgan House.








concert handbill.


























students boarding bus.










students boarding plane.














Oberlin Jazz Ensemble in concert.








rooftop concert.

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