professor reviewing music
Professor of Piano Angela Cheng reviews a music score in preparation for a lesson with a student. Photo credit: Jennifer Manna
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Artist Diploma
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Artist Diploma (ADip)

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

Program Director

Alvin Chow

Ruth Strickland Gardner Professor of Piano
Division Affiliation
Contact

Cindy Shairba

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8198

Why is Studying Piano at Oberlin Unique?

240+
Steinway Pianos
26
Associated Faculty
2
Study Away Programs
Piano student Yihui Liu, a concerto winner, plays with the Oberlin Orchestra in Finney Chapel. Photo credit: Walter Novak

Student Performances

Oberlin’s approximately 500 concerts per year offers 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.

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, Ruth Strickland Gardner Professor of Piano
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Life After Oberlin

Oberlin Conservatory graduates move on to a variety of careers in music and related professions.