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.

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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

man performing at the piano.

Not So Slight Return

November 6, 2020
Liam Kaplan ’20 attempts to complete exclusive Piano Honors Program with November 14 recital.
A drawing of two musicians one playing a guitar the other playing a keyboard

Winter Term: Creating Music Miles Apart

September 23, 2020
Seniors Arthur Welsh and Mark Ligonde had an ambitious goal for Winter Term. The pair planned to release a seven-song album with six different genres and subgenres of music, while residing miles apart. The project would challenge their compositional and production skills, but the end result was even more complex and creative than they imagined.