Piano and Vocal Accompanying
The Piano and Vocal Accompanying Program is part of the Division of Keyboard Studies. Oberlin piano students may audition for the program as part of a double major with Piano Performance. Vocal accompanying focuses on the specialized field of collaborative work with singers. Pianists receive individualized instruction and coaching from Oberlin's keyboard and vocal accompanying faculty, as well as visiting artists in master-class settings. Students prepare and accompany vocalists for student recitals, theater and opera productions, and vocal ensembles. They also take courses in opera, art song, and languages.
- Program Type: Major
- Bachelor of Music (BM)
- Division: Keyboard Studies
Professor of Instrumental Accompanying
A cornerstone of a musician’s training, master classes are opportunities for students to perform for and learn from a noted expert, or “master,” of an instrument, repertoire, or musical style. Each year, Oberlin Conservatory hosts dozens of artist-teachers who give master classes across a comprehensive variety of instruments, repertoire, and styles.Master Classes at Oberlin
Preparation and performance of major works with the Oberlin College Choir and Musical Union are a required part of the vocal accompanying program. Opportunities to study and perform pieces of vocal chamber music are recommended elective courses.
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.
My job as much as this is possible is to get two people to play together as if they were one musical mind.
Piano and Vocal Accompanying News
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May 25, 2021
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February 14, 2020
Opera Legend Marilyn Horne Leads Oberlin Master Class Dec. 9
November 20, 2018