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.

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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

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

All That Jazz, and Classical Too

February 13, 2015
Double-degree student Ashley Hale ’16 finds a home on both sides of campus—and both sides of the conservatory.
Sophie Davis and her crew mates made music on the deck of their research vessel

Sounds of the Sea

November 23, 2016
Double-degree violinist Sophie Davis ’17 explores the connections between music and the environment.

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.

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.

A casually dressed, young conductor 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.”
Three musicians play behind a music stand - trumpet, trombone, and alto sax

On touring with his sextet

Terence Hsieh ’12
“Friendship is the bottom-most rung on the ladder of music: the best jam sessions, the best solos, and the best memories are shared on stage with people who can lose themselves in each other.”
Near trees and grass, two people smile warmly

On his voice teacher, Kendra Colton ’83

Jeffrey Hill ’09
“She taught with a firm, guided, and encouraging hand, but always listened openly to my thoughts and ideas. She allowed me to find my own voice instead of telling me what I should be.”

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.