Program Overview


Study of the viola is centered on the broad experiences of our faculty, who provide students with rigorous instruction tailored to their needs and goals as a musician. Our goal is to develop students’ talents to the highest musical and professional levels through private lessons, coaching, instrumental technique, master classes, and a range of performance opportunities.

violist in practice room
A viola student practices in one of the classrooms in Bibbins Hall.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Program Facts

  • Program Type: Major
    • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Division: Strings

String Division Director

Peter Slowik,
Professor of Viola


Oberlin Orchestra performs on stage.
The viola section of the Oberlin Orchestra in performance.
Photo credit: Scott Shaw

The Oberlin Orchestra

Performance is a central component to the Oberlin curriculum. Because of our undergraduate focus, performance majors are assured of playing opportunities in our many ensembles, including large groups like the Oberlin Orchestra as well as smaller ones like the Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Performance Ensembles

Viola 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.

“At some other places I’ve taught—very excellent schools—students expected to be led by the faculty. Here, it is more of a dynamic interplay between the student’s desires and motivation and faculty push.”

Peter Slowik, Professor of Viola

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March 30, 2021

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Bassist practicing with a pianist.