Oberlin Conservatory students take part in a master class
Oberlin Conservatory students take part in a master class. Photo credit: Scott Shaw
Program Overview


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

Study of the violin 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, a range of performance opportunities, and more.

Oberlin Orchestra in Carnegie Hall
The Oberlin Orchestra performs in Carnegie Hall. Photo credit: Chris Lee

Oberlin Orchestra

Professor of Conducting Raphael Jiménez leads the Oberlin Orchestra, one of the conservatory’s premier large ensembles. The full-size undergraduate orchestra regularly performs in Finney Chapel, has embarked on national and international tours during winter term, and is heard on several recordings.

Sample Courses

  • APST 121 - Performing Beethoven's Violin Sonatas 1 credit
  • APST 242 - Baroq Violin for Violinists 2 credits
  • MUTH 101 - Aural Skills I 2 credits
  • APST 284 - Orchestra Repertoire Violin 2 credits

Violin News

Asian girl in red dress plays a violin.

Winter Term: Recording the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with Piano

September 10, 2020
Fourth-year violin major Peiwen Su took on the ambitious project to learn and record the entire Stravinsky Violin Concerto in D major. The project was both challenging and inspirational—and demonstrated to Su what is possible in this new reality.