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

Sibbi Bernhardsson,
Professor of Violin

Oberlin Orchestra performs on stage.
The viola section of the Oberlin Orchestra in performance.
Photo credit: 50,50

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

Affiliated Faculty

Verona Quartet

Quartet-in-Residence and Artist-Teachers

Viola News

Life After Oberlin

Notable Oberlin Alumni

Assistant Principal Viola, Shanghai Opera

Principal Viola, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

section violists, Minnesota Orchestra