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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

Professor of Piano
Division Affiliation

Cindy Shairba

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8198
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.

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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.

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“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

Oberlin-Como Piano Academy Enters Second Year

August 2, 2017
Oberlin Conservatory will begin its second full year as the U.S. home of the International Piano Academy Lake Como with a schedule of master artist residencies beginning this fall.