Program Overview


The oboe studio's supportive atmosphere enhances weekly private lessons, studio classes, and collaborative orchestral excerpt classes with master teacher Robert Walters. He enjoys a worldwide reputation and decades of varied performance experience as an orchestral solo English horn player and chamber musician.

William Welter '18 performing with Robert Walters
Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal oboe William Welter '18 performs with Oberlin professor Robert Walters.
Photo credit: Scott Shaw

Program Facts

  • Program Type: Major, Performance Diploma, Artist Diploma
    • Bachelor of Music (BM)
    • Performance Diploma (PDip)
    • Artist Diploma (ADip)
  • Division: Winds, Brass, and Percussion


Robert Walters, Professor of Oboe and English Horn
students rehearsing with Henry Threadgill
Students rehearse with composer-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill in Clonick Hall.
Photo credit: Julie Gulenko '15

Time to Play

We place first-year students among returning students equally and fairly within the sections of all ensembles. We nurture them in a collaborative studio environment to inspire personal growth and development. Through orchestral, chamber music, jazz, improvisational, and historical through contemporary music for the oboe, we encourage versatility and provide immense breadth of experience.

Performance Ensembles

Master Classes

Weekly studio classes and regular master classes for oboe students involve mock orchestral auditions, reinforcement of fundamentals, chamber music performances, solo recital performances, guest master classes, and many other types of performance opportunities. We encourage students to support their colleagues with positive and constructive feedback. Oberlin cultivates a learning environment in which students are open to making mistakes without consequence in larger public performances.

Eugene Izotov with student
Eugene Izotov leads an oboe master class in Stull Recital Hall.
Photo credit: Julie Gulenko '15

Oboe Faculty

Conservatory faculty maintain active performance schedules while remaining accessible and committed to their students. Individual instruction is paramount to helping students develop their mechanical, technical, stylistic, psychological, and musical skills.

I try to convey music to students in such a way that is at once professionally specific but also has broader, deeper implications so they can have a lifelong, deep relationship to it that’s very satisfying.

Robert Walters, Professor of Oboe and English Horn

Oboe News

Life After Oberlin

Notable Oberlin Alumni

Principal Oboe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Principal Oboe, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orleans

Principal Oboe, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra