Conservatory students and guest musicians often serve as piano accompanists during student recitals for vocal performance majors. Photo credit: Scott Shaw

Piano and Vocal Accompanying

Program Type:
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)

We offer coursework in piano and vocal accompanying as a double major for students with strong keyboard skills. You’ll have access to outstanding facilities and Steinways, master classes, individualized instruction and coaching, and opportunities to prepare and offer piano accompaniment for student recitals, theater and opera productions, and vocal ensembles.

Program Director

Alvin Chow

Professor of Piano
Division Affiliation

Cindy Shairba

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8198
Jazz composer and pianist Sullivan Fortner ’08 accompanies vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant during a performance in Finney Chapel. Photo credit: Walter Novak

Alumni Performance

Oberlin Conservatory graduate Sullivan Fortner ’08, a jazz pianist and composer, performs with vocalist and Grammy winner Cécile McLorin Salvant during a concert in Finney Chapel. Oberlin Conservatory alumni often return to campus to give concerts, recitals, master classes, jazz clinics, guest lectures, and more. Fortner and Salvant are part of the nearly 500 musical events that take place each year in Oberlin.

Piano and Vocal Accompanying 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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“My job as much as this is possible is to get two people to play together as if they were one musical mind.”

James Howsmon, NEA Conservatory Professor of Instrumental Accompanying
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