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.
- Program Type: Major, Performance Diploma, Artist Diploma
- Bachelor of Music (BM)
- Performance Diploma (PDip)
- Artist Diploma (ADip)
- Division: Winds, Brass, and Percussion
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.
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
March 15, 2021
October 2, 2020
April 21, 2020
Life After Oberlin
Oboe and double-degree graduates are prepared to pursue professional music careers as soloists or with a range of ensembles—from major orchestras to contemporary chamber groups; many earn principal appointments. Others work in schools, conservatories, and in professions outside of music.