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OBERLIN COLLEGE AND CONSERVATORY, OBERLIN College of Arts and Sciences; Conservatory of Music







Street Address:

College: 38 East College Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074, USA

Postal Address:

Conservatory: 39 West College Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074, USA


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts in Musical Studies. Four years. Studies include performance, music history, theory, aural skills. Bachelor of Music. Four years. Concentrations in performance (classical, jazz, contemporary, early music, opera), composition, electronic and computer music, jazz studies, technology in music and related arts (TIMARA), musicology. Studies include theory, aural skills. Minors in ethnomusicology, vocal accompanying, piano pedagogy. wellness for musicians. A double degree Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music is possible, the BA from the College, the BM from the Conservatory.


Graduate programs


Master of Music. In performance, historical performance, choral and orchestral conducting, contemporary chamber music. Master of Music Teaching.


Diploma programs


Artist Diploma. A graduate program in performance, recording arts and production. Artist Diploma in Piano Technology. In partnership with Steinway & Sons.

Institution Notes:

An independent co-educational college founded in 1833 of Christian heritage. It was the first college to grant undergraduate degrees to women, and was historically a leader in educating black Americans. The Conservatory operates a contemporary music program. Some emphasis is also placed on performance of early music on historically-based instruments of which the Conservatory has a large collection, including ten harpsichords, two clavichords, a virginal, four forte-pianos, a mid-19th century Erard grand piano, a complete set of baroque instruments for a full orchestra, viola da gamba consort, renaissance recorder ensemble, a vihuela, shawms, krumhorns, vielles, harps and cornetti. There are 25 organs and 232 pianos, 200 of which are Steinway grand pianos - the Conservatory is Steinway’s oldest continual customer in the USA. It also owns a Javanese gamelan, Gambian koras, West African xylophones, and instruments from China, Japan, Korea, Turkey and India, a large collection of orchestral instruments, including six Lyon and Healy harps. There is a thriving opera program and several programs in wellness for musicians. In late 2009 the Conservatory opened its new Phyllis Litoff Building to house composition, technology and jazz studies. This building will be the first music facility in the world to attain a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) rating (as developed by the USA Green Building Council). The library holds the records of the Violin Society of America, with monographs and journal literature on the construction, performance, teaching, collecting and playing of stringed instruments. There are also letters and photographs of major composers and performers. The Conservatory organises a Community Music School offering music tuition to children and interested members of the local community, including a course in Suzuki violin. Member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Last Updated:

November 2022