student playing viola da gamba
A student uses a period instrument while performing with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni
Program Overview

Viola da Gamba

Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Master of Music (MM)
Division: Historical Performance

Our historical performance division offers rigorous study and private instruction in 13 instruments, including viola da gamba. Coursework involves applied study on historical instruments, music history, music theory, performance practice, plus a wide range of performance opportunities, including recitals, concerts, and tours.

students perform on baroque instruments
A performance by the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra presented by conservatory students on period instruments. Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Oberlin Baroque Orchestra

There are nearly 500 concerts on campus each year ranging from student, faculty, and guest recitals to small ensemble concerts to performances by the more than 25 student large ensembles, including the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra. From concert to improvisatory music, computer-generated electronic to acoustic, time-tested compositions to newly composed works, the college and conservatory present music that satisfies any interest.

Sample Courses

  • MUTH 131 - Music Theory I 4 credits
  • MUTH 101 - Aural Skills I 2 credits
  • APST 841 - Viola da Gamba Consort 2 credits
  • APST 843 - Baroque Ensemble 2 credits

Viola da Gamba Faculty

Our historical performance faculty are accomplished teachers, historians, and musicians, who maintain active performance schedules, both on and off campus.

Explore Faculty within Viola da Gamba


Rebecca Landell Reed, Visiting Assistant Professor of Viola da Gamba and Baroque Cello
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Viola da Gamba News

Catharina Meints

She Wrote the Book on BPI

December 20, 2018
Catharina Meints helped launch the Baroque Performance Institute. Now she’s chronicled its formative years.