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Sharing Stages Returns

November 9, 2021

Yvonne Gay

A student wearing a sports jersey plays the piano.
A student’s piano performance.
Photo credit: Erik Andrews

Sharing Stages returned to the Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space during Parents and Family Weekend.


“This event allows us the opportunity to bring people together to enjoy and celebrate the artistry of our students, athletes, and musicians together,” said Natalie Winkelfoos,  Delta Lodge director of athletics and physical education. “I am grateful for the continued collaborations with our conservatory.”

More than 20 scholars in Oberlin’s athletics program, conservatory, and college brought a wide variety of music to the stage. Pieces included I’ll Fly Away by Albert Brumley (performed by Sam Russ ’23, tuba; Zach Strong ’22, Sam Goetz ’23, and Ellie Weinberg '24, percussion; Ethan Pound '24 and Henry Zuccarello ’25, trombone; Ezra Rudel ’23, trumpet; and Nat Lewis ‘23, saxophone). As well as Cello Suite No. 2, Prelude and Courante by J.S. Bach (performed by Rituparna Mukherjee ’21, viola).   

“From a shared commitment to excellence to the values of discipline and perseverance and the experience of performance, onstage or on the field, similarities between music and sports are many,” says Dean of the Conservatory William Quillen. “Sharing Stages is a moment to celebrate our well-rounded student athletes, in both the conservatory and the college. Through collaboration and artistry, they create new points of discovery and foster connections across our tight-knit campus community.”  

The November concert marked the sixth year for Sharing Stages. 


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