Why Oberlin Conservatory?

We know that choosing where to develop your artistry is a big decision. We created this page to help you get a clearer sense of how Oberlin does that.

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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.

Why Bebe Chose Oberlin

"...Faculty here really give me a supportive sense of community and will provide me resources, tutelage, and anything and everything that I would need to find my distinct musical voice."

Why Tyreek Chose Oberlin

"I chose Oberlin because I wanted the opportunity to better my craft and study with masters of music..."

Why Genevieve Chose Oberlin

"How my psychology degree has informed my vocal performance has been so helpful"

Oberlin Bloggers

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

Ensembles and Improvisation

For TIMARA majors like me, you typically don’t see us playing in orchestra concerts (unless the TIMARA major in question is a double major in performance). We are, however, still required to participate in 2 ensembles to complete our degree, and there are so many options to fulfill that requirement.

Claire O’Brocta ’22
Buffalo, New York

Claire O’Brocta.

Winter Term in Southeast Asia

Winter Term is one of my favorite parts about Oberlin. For a month in January, all students get off of school to pursue any project that they want, which could be in Oberlin, at home, or abroad, related to their major, or completely different from anything they’ve ever done before. 

Ilana McNamara ’24
Omaha, Nebraska

Ilana McNamara.

Practicing Performing

Performance opportunities can take shape in a number of ways at Oberlin: departmental recitals, studio recitals, ad hoc recitals, student composer recitals, first- and second-year juries, junior recitals, senior recitals, ChamberFest, opera performances, large ensemble concerts…I think that’s all of them? 

Ben Smith ’24
Monroe, Georgia

Ben Smith

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 Orchestra performs Symphony No. 1: Ballet for Orchestra by Cindy McTee

Inside Oberlin Opera Theater

Oberlin Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble

Oberlin News Highlights

Students, Faculty Participate in Detroit's Resonate Symposium

APRIL 14, 2023

Weiss' work with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble over the last three decades has expanded the repertoire heard on the Conservatory's stages, and inspired young musicians to champion the work of living composers. In recent years, Weiss has focused on amplifying the voices of underrepresented composers. He believes this work squares beautifully with the purpose of the Resonate project. 

composer Michael Frazier acknowledges applause from the stage

Spend Some Time With Us!

We’ve developed a variety of events to help you explore life at Oberlin and picture yourself here. Schedule an in-person campus visit, ask questions at a webinar, and engage with current students.

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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 eight interdisciplinary programs, or they can join more than 200 students pursuing dual degrees 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 produces nearly 500 hundred concerts every year. These include student recitals in every area of study; chamber music, orchestral, choral, and opera performances; new music ensemble and composer forum concerts; performances by small and large jazz ensembles and improvisation groups; as well as recitals featuring faculty and guest artists.

Make plans for your visit using our Events Calendar!


Oberlin Conservatory streams hundreds of concerts every year—from student ensemble performances to faculty recitals. There are also live-streamed broadcasts of student junior and senior recitals from every department.

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A pianist and cellist perform.

Oberlin On Demand

Special programs and previously recorded performances by students, faculty, and guest artists are available on Oberlin Stage Left: On Demand, Oberlin Backstage Pass, and YouTube.

Oberlin Stage Left
Oberlin Backstage Pass

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.

Conducting at Oberlin

Oberlin's conducting program has produced distinguished alumni as well as up-and-coming names including Maurice Cohn '17.

man with arms raised and holding a conducting baton leads musicians

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.

Rotating seal, Oberlin Conservatory Founded 1865.

What’s Next?

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We are thrilled to open our doors to you through a series of virtual and in-person experiences.

The Conservatory Experience for Accepted Students

Next Steps

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

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