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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Though our campus is closed at this time in response to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are thrilled to open our doors to you through a series of new virtual experiences.

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

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Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Why We Chose Oberlin

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

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Oberlin Bloggers

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

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.

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Our internationally renowned faculty are dedicated teachers and communicative artists. They are compelling studio teachers, ensemble coaches, and mentors—and individual instruction is always tailored to the needs of each student.

Oberlin News Highlights

four members of a student string quartet take a bow.

Resounding Runout

February 12, 2020
First-year students complete a winter term tour, bridging cultures along the way.

The Double Degree

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
double degree alumni from Oberlin

It Takes Two

June 30, 2018
What can you do with a double degree from Oberlin? Just about anything.
 Meredith Crawford ’09

Hollywood & Fine

November 10, 2017
Violist Meredith Crawford ’09 forged a robust career in Los Angeles while completing two Oberlin degrees.

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. While this spring will be different, we will still have faculty performances live streamed from Conservatory venues. Stay tuned!

The Oberlin Stories Project

We have collected hundreds of personal narratives from students, alumni, faculty, and staff that explain the merits and strengths of Oberlin through the eyes of those who have experienced it firsthand.

Maurice leads a rehearsal.

On conducting a youth orchestra

Maurice Cohn ’17
“Music is a living art, not to be kept in the glass cases of history museums...I can help foster that kind of energy and excitement about performing in another generation of musicians.”
Brianna at Stonehenge

On the Music in London winter term project

Brianna Murray ’18
“During this three week trip, I was able to experience life outside the United States for the first time as well as immerse myself in the musical culture of a vibrant city.”
Allison plays her violin by a stone and concrete staircase

On founding Violin for Vasculitis

Allison Lint ’09
“I am more often labeled an “activist” than a “touring violin virtuoso,” [but] that doesn’t alter my goal. I am musically fulfilled through this project more than I ever could be as a healthy performer.”

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.

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Questions? Contact Us!

We hope we’ve answered some questions and inspired some more. Contact us at conservatory.admissions@oberlin.edu or 440‑775‑8413.