Why Choose Oberlin Conservatory?
Why We Chose Oberlin
We asked conservatory students—and double-degree students—why they chose Oberlin. Here’s what they had to say.
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
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
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
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.
Oberlin News Highlights
March 15, 2021
Winners of this year's Grammy Awards include 10 Oberlin Conservatory alumni across five different classical music categories.
January 15, 2021
First-year students secure top prizes in national and regional competitions.
February 12, 2020
First-year students complete a winter term tour, bridging cultures along the way.
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.
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
Honored students for 2020-21 plan musical studies across Europe, teaching in India, and more.
What can you do with a double degree from Oberlin? Just about anything.
Distinctive courses of study draw upon interdisciplinary resources, chart paths toward 21st century careers.
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.
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.
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.
Singer-instrumentalist and founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops celebrated for creating connections between music of the past and present.
Composed by Du Yun ’01, the harrowing theater piece shines a light on the horrors of human trafficking.
The Voice sensation met Oberlin students as part of the Alumni CONnections Series.
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.