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Why We Chose Oberlin

We asked conservatory students—and double-degree students—why they chose Oberlin. Here’s what they had to say.

“Pursuing musical performance and TIMARA”

Rachel Gibson ’20
Percussion performance and TIMARA

“Fostering individuality”

Birsa Chatterjee ’19
Jazz Performance:
saxophone and voice

“A great place to focus”

Olivia Cosio ’18

Oberlin Bloggers

The Oberlin Blogs are produced by a team of current students who offer a variety of unfiltered perspectives about the Oberlin experience.

Oberlin and Beyond: Alexis Mitrushi '22

For the latest edition of Oberlin and Beyond, I interviewed the brilliant Alexis Mitrushi. Mitrushi is a third-year viola major in the conservatory.

Tim Martin ’22
Broward County, Florida

Tim Martin

Debating Double-Degree: My Interest in East Asian Studies

Part two in a series in which I talk about my on-going experience as a conservatory student who is considering pursuing a double-degree or a minor in East Asian Studies.

Ben Smith ’24
Monroe, Georgia

Ben and his dog

A kerfuffle of “auf Wiedersehens,” thank yous, and advice

Thank you to Oberlin for teaching me the value of community, deep learning, creativity, and authenticity.

Hannah Schoepe ’20
Seattle, Washington

Hannah Schoepe

The Oberlin Experience

From day one on campus, Oberlin students perform in ensembles large and small, they earn roles in fully staged operas, and they learn from and collaborate with a host of esteemed guest artists who visit campus throughout the year. These videos and others may help you form a more complete picture of your life as an Oberlin Conservatory student.

Ensembles at Oberlin

Inside Oberlin Opera Theater

Oberlin Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble

Oberlin News Highlights

Ten Oberlin Alumni Win Grammys

March 15, 2021

Winners of this year's Grammy Awards include 10 Oberlin Conservatory alumni across five different classical music categories.

Five Grammy-winning album covers that feature the performances of Oberlin alumni.

Resounding Runout

February 12, 2020

First-year students complete a winter term tour, bridging cultures along the way.

The members of a student string quartet take a bow.

Virtual Events

Select from a variety of events designed to help you explore life at Oberlin and picture yourself here. Join a class, tour the campus, ask questions at a webinar, and engage with current students. Check back often for additions to the schedule.

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Academics and Double Degree

Oberlin Conservatory students benefit from being part of the intellectual ecosystem of a liberal arts college. They can pursue minors in departments throughout the college and in five interdisciplinary programs, or they can join 200 participants in Oberlin’s renowned Double Degree Program.

Of all the schools I looked at, Oberlin has the strongest double-degree program by far in terms of its continuity and its flexibility between the college and the conservatory.

Andrew Santiago ’20, flute and physics

Ashley Hale

BA in Economics
BM in Jazz and Classical Trumpet (Independent Major)

Jules Sawhill

BM in Viola Performance
BA in Politics
…as well as a varsity baseball pitcher

Daniel Hautzinger

BM in Piano Performance
BA in History

It Takes Two

What can you do with a double degree from Oberlin? Just about anything.

Faces of 6 alumni.

Be There Live!

Oberlin Conservatory streams hundreds of concerts every year, from student recitals and large ensemble performances to concerts featuring faculty and guest artists.


Webcasts this spring feature our students' junior and senior recitals.

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A performance of cello and piano.

Oberlin Stage Left

Oberlin Stage Left is the conservatory's broadcast platform for faculty, student, and guest performances and discussions on a variety of musical topics.

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Oberlin Stage Left

After Oberlin

Our alumni earn top honors in major national and international competitions across the musical spectrum. They perform in the world’s foremost concert halls and opera houses and with highly acclaimed orchestras. They excel as conductors, soloists, composers, producers, theoreticians, entrepreneurs, historians, and educators. The stories below highlight achievements of Oberlin graduates in wide-ranging careers.

Obie Pride

Get some digital swag to celebrate your admission to Oberlin!

Download GIFs, add social media lenses and filters, and hear playlists put together for you by a number of Obies—including President Ambar.

What’s Next?

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We are thrilled to open our doors to you through a series of new virtual experiences.

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Next Steps

After exploring the stories and videos below, we encourage you to:

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