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This Week in Photos: Fireflies

November 4, 2021

Yvonne Gay

A large audience hold up cell phones in a dark concert hall.
Friday Night Organ Pump.
Photo credit: Jonathan Clark '25

A wave of cell phones dancing in the air of a dimmed Finney Chapel during Friday Night Organ Pump mimics a swarm of fireflies. The image also serves as inspiration for this week’s photo series.


Halloween brought out a capacity audience, many in costume, for last week’s Friday Night Organ Pump concert. The program, an Oberlin College tradition since 1992, features students from the Oberlin Conservatory Organ Department on the C.B. Fisk, Opus 116 organ. Toward the end of the concert, students are invited on stage to feel the vibrations of the organ as it is played. The Lights are turned off and many participants close their eyes as the music envelops them.

In this week’s photo series, we take a look at several images that have a transporting effect.  

A large group of people sit on a concert stage.
Students on stage at the Organ Pump concert. Photo credit: Jonathan Clark ’25
Two people sit in a tree swing.
A swing near Finney Chapel gets plenty of use during warm weather months. Lunches, naps, chit-chats, and homework have all taken place here. Photo credit: Yvonne Gay
People sit at tables under trees.
Studying under fall leaves next to the Science Center. Photo credit: Yvonne Gay
A girl in a rhinestone costume looks at a boy in a t-shirt holding a sword.
Sarah Aaldering ’21 and Jared Cohen ’23 prepare for their roles as Galatea and Acis, respectively, in the fall opera by the same name. Photo credit: Jonathan Clark ’25
A small audience is seated in a stone chapel.
A concert by historical performance faculty Mark Edwards, Jonathan W. Moyer, Christa Rakich, and guest Kevin Birch in Fairchild Chapel was part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Fairchild Chapel organ. The Mary McIntosh Bridge Memorial Organ was  built by John Brombaugh & Associates in 1981. Photo credit: Jonathan Clark ’25
A student lays in the grass.
Enough said. Photo credit: Yvonne Gay


This Week in Photos is a selection of images and is not meant to represent a weekly timeline. Images highlight campus, community, people, and events related to Oberlin College.

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