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Oberlin Conservatory of Music


The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, founded in 1865 and situated amid the intellectual vitality of Oberlin College since 1867, is the oldest continuously operating conservatory in the United States.  Renowned internationally as a professional music school of the highest caliber and pronounced a “national treasure” by the Washington Post, its alumni have gone to achieve illustrious careers in all aspects of the serious music world.  Numerous Oberlin alumni have attained stature as solo performers, composers, and conductors, among them Denyce Graves, David Zinman, Jennifer Koh, Steven Isserlis, Robert Spano, Franco Farina, Christopher Rouse, Lisa Saffer, George Walker, and Christopher Robertson.  All of the members of the contemporary music ensembles eighth blackbird and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) are Oberlin graduates, and members of the Miro, Pacifica, Juilliard, and Fry Street quartets, among others, include Oberlin alumni, who can also be found in major orchestras and opera companies throughout the world.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/21/2016: Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Conservatory Project: Students from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music perform movements from Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome; Carter’s Gra for solo clarinet; Bach’s Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor, on marimba; and movements from Saint-Saëns’s Sonata No. 1 in D minor for violin and piano. 

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Video 4/25/2015: The Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Students perform works by Telemann, Kim, Lieberman, Dvorák, Liszt, and a work for electronics by Mitchell Hermann.

Video 4/27/2014: Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Students play Abel’s Sonata in C minor, Chandler’s Modern Etude for Clarinet, Schober’s Variations for Sextet, Schumann’s Liederkreis, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, and Pappalardo’s Over the Curve. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/19/2014: Organ Showcase

Students from participating Conservatory Project schools play selections from works by Widor, Schumann, Buxtehude, Smetana, Shostakovich, Demessieux, Litaize, Albright, Dupre, Ellington, Bach, Cochereau, and others on the Rubenstein Family Organ. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 3/10/2012: Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Students play a program featuring works by Haydn, Luciano Berio, Kodály, Dutilleux, and Patrick Adams. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College