String students have a range of performance ensembles from which to participate—from small chamber music groups to full-size orchestras. Photo credit: Chris Lee
Program Overview


Program Type: Major, Performance Diploma, Artist Diploma
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Performance Diploma (PDip)
  • Artist Diploma (ADip)
Division: Strings

Study in the strings program seeks to develop students’ talents to the highest musical and professional levels. Through private lessons, faculty members offer rigorous instruction tailored to the needs of each student. In addition to coursework, the strings program exposes students to broad orchestral repertoire, instrumental and performance technique, master classes, and a range of opportunities to perform with small and large ensembles and chamber groups.

Oberlin Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
The Oberlin Orchestra performs at Carnegie Hall. Photo credit: Chris Lee

Oberlin Orchestra

Professor of Conducting Raphael Jiménez leads the Oberlin Orchestra, one of the conservatory’s premier large ensembles. The full-size undergraduate orchestra regularly performs in Finney Chapel, has embarked on national and international tours during winter term, and is heard on several recordings.

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Strings 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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Strings News

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.