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.

“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.

Trying Theater Things

When I was in high school, I was someone who could loosely be described as a theater kid.

Claire O’Brocta ’22
Buffalo, New York

Claire O’Brocta.

Weekend in My Life: Oberlin Isn’t Dead!

As a prospective student, I was worried about student life here, especially on the weekends.

Ilana McNamara ’24
Omaha, Nebraska

Ilana McNamara.

My First In-Person Oberlin Orchestra Concert

While adjusting to Oberlin last year—a new place with new people and new experiences—the reality that my class’s first year was unlike any other didn’t faze me.

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.

Ensembles at Oberlin

Inside Oberlin Opera Theater

Oberlin Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble

Oberlin News Highlights

The Chopin Whisperer

November 9, 2021

Oberlin professor Dang Thai Son conquered one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions. Now his students are doing the same.

Dang Thai Son with student

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 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.


Performances of the Oberlin Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble take place every Friday at 7:30 p.m. Throughout the week, you can hear performances featuring students in our jazz division, the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra, and small ensembles. There are also live-streamed broadcasts of student junior and senior recitals from every department.

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A performance of cello and piano.

Oberlin On Demand

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

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.

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?

Engage With Us

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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