Program Overview

Piano

Program Type: Major, Artist Diploma
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Artist Diploma (ADip)
Division: Keyboard Studies

Piano majors at Oberlin study with faculty who are nationally known performers and soloists, ensemble players and guest lecturers. Private study, coursework, master classes, and recitals round out the undergraduate experience. Students also have access to any of Oberlin's 240-plus Steinway pianos, situated in practice rooms and in our performance venues.

Piano student Yihui Liu playing with the Oberlin Orchestra
Piano student Yihui Liu, a winner of Oberlin's Senior Concerto Competition, performs with the Oberlin Orchestra in Finney Chapel. Photo credit: Walter Novak

Student Performances

Oberlin’s 500-plus concerts every year offer conservatory students a wealth of opportunities to participate in competitions and recitals, and to perform as soloists or accompanists. Use your talents to support one of the many performance ensembles, such as the Oberlin Orchestra and Oberlin College Choir, or a student group such as the Musical Theater Association.

Upcoming Piano Events

Piano 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.

Explore Faculty within Piano

“What I feel like I do is keep all options open. I get [students] thinking, I get you playing, I get you feeling about the music. Then somewhere down the road you’re going to make a choice or decision as to what you will do with that. What I’m here doing every day is making you love music that much more.”

Alvin Chow, Professor of Piano
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Piano News

organist and pianist Celina Kobetitsch.

How Organs Become Vital

May 18, 2020
International travel—and Oberlin opportunities—proved pivotal for Fulbright Finalist Celina Kobetitsch ’18.
orchestra musicians rehearsing together on stage.

Our Coronavirus Curtain Call

April 23, 2020
A student pianist recalls the concerto he chased for years and the Oberlin moment that will last a lifetime.