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Oberlin Music Announces Pact with Naxos of America

September 27, 2013

Erich Burnett

Oberlin Music, the commercial label of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, is pleased to announce a new distribution agreement with Naxos of America, the world’s largest independent digital distributor of classical music.

The three-year pact pairs the outstanding music created by Oberlin faculty and students with the international reach of Naxos. Under terms of the agreement, Naxos will serve as the exclusive CD distributor of Oberlin Music recordings across the United States and Canada, in addition to digital distribution of all Oberlin Music titles internationally.

“Our faculty and students so thoroughly dedicate themselves to creating music worthy of the world’s grandest stages,” says Andrea Kalyn, acting dean of the Oberlin Conservatory. “Oberlin Music’s partnership with Naxos allows us to share that stunning artistry with a global audience. It’s truly a wonderful collaboration.”

The first Oberlin Music recordings to be distributed by Naxos are Ravel: Intimate Masterpieces, a collection of chamber music conceived by Oberlin faculty harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches, an original symphonic poem adapted from the classic children’s tale and performed by the Oberlin Orchestra, with narration by actor John de Lancie.

Both recordings are available for download through iTunes and other digital services beginning October 1 and on CD beginning October 29.

In addition, Naxos will distribute the entire Oberlin Music catalog, including two releases that also debuted in 2013: A place toward other places, featuring Oberlin faculty clarinetist Richard Hawkins and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Hypersuite 2: Music for Solo Cello, a collection of works by Bach paired with contemporary pieces inspired by the master, performed by faculty cellist Darrett Adkins.

For more information or review copies of all Oberlin Music titles, please contact Cathy Partlow Strauss at 440-775-8328 or

ABOUT OBERLIN MUSIC: Founded in 2007, Oberlin Music is dedicated to promoting the artistic ideals and superlative talent of Oberlin’s faculty and students. In 2010, the Oberlin Conservatory opened Clonick Hall, a superior recording facility ideally suited to capturing studio sessions in the heart of the conservatory. Learn more at

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