Program Overview

Viola da Gamba

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.

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

Program Facts

Program Director

Mark Edwards,
Associate Professor of Harpsichord

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.

Performance Ensembles

Viola da Gamba Faculty

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

One of the most enriching aspects here is the access students and faculty have to the instrument collections at the Conservatory. By experiencing music through the tools available to musicians and composers of the past, students can deepen their understanding of history, interpretation, and context.

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

  • Rebecca Landell

    Rebecca Landell

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Viola da Gamba and Baroque Cello

Viola da Gamba News

She Wrote the Book on BPI

December 20, 2018

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

Frank Talk About Injuries

June 28, 2017

Violinist turned mindfulness practitioner Pamela Frank shares her strategies for healthy playing.
Student violinist works with Pamela Frank.