violist in practice room
Violist Matthew Weathers '17 practices in one of the available classrooms in Bibbins Hall. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)

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.

Program Director

Amir Eldan

Associate Professor of Cello
Division Affiliation
Contact

Cindy Shairba

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8198

Why Study Viola at Oberlin?

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Private study with Kirsten Docter and Peter Slowik
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Performance ensembles
book
Double-degree opportunity (BMus/BA)
Oberlin Orchestra
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.

Sample Courses

  • Principal Private Study Viola Faculty
  • APST 282 - Viola Orchestra Repertoire P. Slowik
  • APST 806 - Advanced String Quartet Seminar G. Fulkerson
  • APST 805 - Contemporary Chamber Music Interdisciplinary

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.

Explore Faculty within Viola

“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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