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Course Catalog 2010-2011 
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The Conservatory of Music

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General Information

Overview. The Conservatory of Music was founded in 1865 as a private music school and two years later became part of Oberlin College. It currently has an annual enrollment of approximately 600 music students. The Conservatory provides pre-professional training in music performance, composition, music education, music technology, music theory, and music history, supported by an education in liberal and critical studies.  Students may earn the following degrees or diplomas:  Bachelor of Music, Performance Diploma, Master of Music, Master of Music Teaching, Artist Diploma.

The Conservatory’s programs are designed to develop the sensitivity, understanding, and insights, as well as the knowledge, skills, and technical competence essential to professional musicians. Conservatory graduates pursue music careers as performers, conductors, composers, directors, music theorists, historians, and educators. They are employed throughout the United States and abroad in major symphony orchestras, opera houses and companies, regional and municipal orchestras, jazz groups, youth orchestras, chamber music ensembles, major film studios, churches, primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, conservatories of music, and as freelance artists.

Relation to the College of Arts and Sciences. The Conservatory of Music and the College of Arts and Sciences share the same campus. Conservatory students take courses in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory and can pursue majors in both divisions concurrently, earning a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree within a five-year program (see “Double Degree” in this catalog). The College of Arts and Sciences also offers a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Musical Studies; students are referred to the Arts and Sciences section of this catalog for detailed information.

Most courses in the Conservatory are open to qualified students in the College of Arts and Sciences; indeed, many College of Arts and Sciences students pursue Conservatory coursework, applied musical study, and ensemble performance.  Because many Conservatory courses and the schedules of applied music teachers become filled entirely with Conservatory students, however, Arts and Sciences students may not be able to enroll in their preferred Conservatory courses.

Concerts and Recitals. The Conservatory offers an extraordinary array of performances; over five hundred concerts and recitals are presented annually. In 2007-08 there were 44 recitals by faculty and guest artists, 217 Senior and Junior recitals, and 235 concerts by student ensembles and other groups. The Conservatory also presents an annual series of faculty chamber music concerts.

Artist Recital Series. Over the past century, the Oberlin Artist Recital Series has brought to Oberlin an impressive array of internationally acclaimed solo performers, outstanding chamber ensembles, and major orchestras. Now in its 132nd season, the Artist Recital Series continues to offer rich musical experiences to the Oberlin community.



Buildings. The Conservatory is housed in Bibbins Hall, the Central Unit, and Robertson Hall,– three contiguous buildings designed by Minoru Yamasaki and the Kohl Building, which opened in Spring 2010. The Conservatory Annex provides additional office and teaching space.

Bibbins Hall, the teaching building, contains 40 studios, 10 classrooms, and 16 offices. Private instruction, ensemble coaching, and classroom instruction take place in this building. The building also houses the office of the dean and the TIMARA (Technology in Music and the Related Arts) complex, including a recording studio.  

Central houses two concert halls, the orchestra rehearsal room, the choral rehearsal room, two small ensemble rehearsal rooms, the percussion teaching studio, the Conservatory instrument collection storage room, the Audio Services recording facilities, the student lounge, and the Conservatory Library. One of the largest academic music libraries in the country, the Conservatory Library also includes DVD, compact disc, tape, and record listening rooms.

Robertson Hall, the practice building, contains 182 rooms, including 150 practice rooms, the Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center, the Career Resource Center, the Kulas Organ Center, reedmaking rooms, two networked micro-computing labs, faculty studios, and staff offices.

The Conservatory Annex is located east of Bibbins Hall, on the second floor of the Oberlin Book Store.  The Annex houses offices for Conservatory Admissions, Public Relations, the Associate Dean for Technology and Facilities, the Academic Program and Facilities Coordinator, the Artist Recital Series, and the Business Manager. Two meeting rooms with media resources are available for use by the Conservatory community.

The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building houses the Jazz Studies Program, as well as aculty in Musicology, Music Theory, Composition, and Music Education. The Kohl Building includes three rehearsal rooms, teaching studios, practice rooms, a computing lab, and features Clonick Hall, a state-of-the-art recording studio, and storage areas for significant collections, among them the Selch Collection of American Music History, the Jum and Susan Neumann Jazz Collection, and the Frank Kuchirchuk Collection of Jazz Photography. The Kohl Building is the first music facility in the world to attain a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating.

Concert Halls. Warner Concert Hall seats 645. New seating and other renovations were completed in 2004. Kulas Recital Hall, which seats 144, is especially suited to chamber music concerts.  Artist recitals, orchestra, and other large ensemble concerts are performed in Finney Chapel, which seats 1200. Hall Auditorium, seating 499 is used for Opera performances and Fairchild Chapel, seating 150 is used for a variety of small concerts, especially in Historical Performance and Organ. The Jazz Studies program also uses the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse for many solo and small ensemble performances.

Electro-Acoustic Music. Six acoustically isolated and optimized electronic and computer music studios are located in the Conservatory. The Technology in Music and the Related Arts (TIMARA) complex is equipped with a wide selection of state-of-the-art hardware and software, including a networked lab of G5 Macintosh computers, each with a synthesizer keyboard and a full complement of music software. Production facilities include multitrack digital recording, historical analog synthesizers, and a wide variety of signal processing gear.

The Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center is the first of its kind to be incorporated into a program of vocal instruction in the United States. Named for a long-time supporter of the Conservatory, this laboratory includes stroboscopic and fiber-optic instrumentation that can display four types of vocal analyses concurrently, allowing examination of both the function and the timbre of the artistic singing voice. The laboratory also houses: a sonagraph workstation that transforms the phonations of the voice into electrical signals and displays them as waves on a computer screen; a computerized system for analyzing, synthesizing, and manipulating vocal sounds; a nasometer, which measures nasality in the voice; a laryngograph, which determines the accuracy of pitch and vocal onset; a spirometer, which tests critical pulmonary functions to determine vital capacity and flow rate; and a system to measure levels of air flow, air pressure, and sound pressure. Students use the sophisticated audio and video equipment to record, play back, and analyze their performances.

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Instrument Collection

Pianos. As Steinway Piano’s oldest continual customer, Oberlin has  a superb collection of pianos. Warner Concert Hall, Kulas Recital Hall, classrooms, and teaching studios are all equipped with Steinway grand pianos, as are most of the practice rooms in Robertson Hall, the Kohl Building, and the rehearsal rooms in Central. Of the 262 pianos in the Conservatory, 229 are Steinway pianos. The remainder of the collection includes acoustical vertical pianos, historical pianos, a Yamaha Disklavier, and two Electronic Piano Labs. Both Warner Concert Hall and Finney Chapel feature three Steinway Model D Concert Grands (two New York and one Hamburg each).

Orchestral Instruments. Students have access to the Conservatory’s large collection of orchestral instruments, including all stringed and wind instruments, and six Lyon and Healy harps. Through the generosity of the Kulas Foundation, Oberlin owns two Gagliano violins and other performance-quality stringed instruments.

Organs. The Kulas Organ Center, located in the Robertson Hall practice building, is comprised of fourteen practice rooms equipped with organs of various designs, both mechanical action and electro-pneumatic. Of the mechanical action tracker organs, six are Flentrops, one is a Brombaugh, and two are Noacks. Six of the electro-pneumatic organs are Holtkamps.

The teaching studios in Bibbins Hall contain Flentrop organs. Warner Concert Hall houses a splendid three-manual Flentrop organ of forty-four stops.  Built entirely in classical North European style, this instrument was installed in 1974. Finney Chapel houses a new Fisk Opus 116 organ.  This magnificent instrument, a symphonic organ in the Romantic tradition, complements the Flentrop in Warner. Two continuo organs, one by Flentrop and one by Byrd, are also available for use in the performing halls. A positiv organ by Flentrop is located in the front of Fairchild Chapel, and a two-manual Brombaugh organ in mean-tone temperament was installed in the gallery of Fairchild Chapel in 1981.

Harpsichords. The collection of harpsichords available for instruction, practice, and concerts includes: four French doubles, one by Hill, one by Dowd, and one by Kingston, and one by Lake; four Italian singles, by Dowd, Dupree, Clark, and Sutherland; a German double by Hill; a Flemish single and a Flemish virginal by Martin; a pedal clavichord by Spearstra, and a clavichord by Gough.

Other Instruments. The Conservatory owns four fortepianos: five-octave instruments by McNulty, Wolf and Hester, and a six-and-one-half octave by McCobb. Oberlin’s collection also includes a mid-19th-century Erard grand piano that was completely rebuilt by David Winston in 1993.

The Conservatory owns a large collection of viols for use by its Baroque ensembles and viol consorts. Oberlin’s Baroque instruments are sufficient to form a large Baroque orchestra: twelve Baroque violins, two Baroque violas, three Baroque cellos, and a violone, as well as Baroque flutes, recorders, oboes, bassoon, baroque guitar, baroque trumpets, and natural horns. Also included in the collection are various earlier instruments including vihuela, shawms, krummhorns, vielles, harps, and cornetti.

Oberlin has a Javanese gamelan (complete with both slendro and pelog tuning systems), a large collection of Gambian Mandinka koras and xylophones from West Africa, and a representative selection of classical instruments from China, Japan, Korea, Turkey, and India.


Degree and Diploma Programs

General. The Conservatory offers the following degree and diploma programs of undergraduate and graduate study: Bachelor of Music, Performance Diploma, Master of Music, Master of Music  Teaching, Artist Diploma. The College of Arts and Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Musical Studies for students who wish to major in music at Oberlin without the professional orientation of a Conservatory major.  The B.A. in music is described under “Musical Studies Program” in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

Bachelor of Music Degree (BMus).  Most Conservatory undergraduates pursue a four-year degree program with one or more majors leading to the Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree. 

Majors within the Bachelor of Music are offered in: 

    Performance–piano, organ, voice, strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, harp), woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon), brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba), percussion, early instruments (harpsichord, recorder, Baroque flute, Baroque oboe, Baroque violin, Baroque cello/viola da gamba);


    Jazz Studies (Composition or Performance);

    Music History;

    Music Theory (as part of a double major only);

    Double major in Piano Performance and Vocal Accompanying; 

    Technology in Music and Related Arts.

    Alternatively, an Individual Major leading to a Bachelor of Music degree may be designed with a concentration in a single Conservatory department or among two or more Conservatory departments. In some cases Arts and Sciences courses may be an integral part of a student’s major.  Examples of possible concentrations include African-American music, liturgical music, Suzuki violin pedagogy, fortepiano, and arts management. Programs of study for an Individual Major must be based on teaching and course resources available at Oberlin or at other schools with courses transferable to Oberlin. Private reading courses may not be planned for key areas of the major and only a small amount of course-credit central to the major may be earned away from Oberlin. For guidelines and policy, see the Conservatory Individual Major’s Handbook (available from the Conservatory’s Office of the Associate Deans).

Minors within the Bachelor of Music are offered in:  Performance (piano, organ, voice, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harpsichord, fortepiano, recorder, Baroque flute, Baroque oboe, Baroque violin, Baroque cello, viola da gamba); Composition; Community Music; Ethnomusicology; Music History; Music Theory; Piano Pedagogy.

Performance Diploma (PDip). This four-semester program, offered only in certain performance departments, is designed for the very small number of gifted performers who have not yet completed the BMus or its equivalent and who are seeking a very narrowly focused program of study leading to a performance-oriented career. Performance Diploma students may apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Music program upon successful completion of Oberllin’s ESL course requirement and demonstrated achievement of the TOEFL score required for entrance to the BMus. Students seeking admission to the BMus degree must demonstrate skills necessary to complete both the performance and academic coursework required for the BMus.  Students who have completed requirements for both the BMus degree and the Performance Diploma will receive only the BMus degree.

The Double-Degree Program. A five-year program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Music degrees is offered. Students must be admitted to both the Conservatory and the College of Arts and Sciences and complete a major in each. The program is described in the section of the catalog entitled “The Double-Degree Program.”

Master of Music (MM).  Majors are offered in: Conducting (integrated with an Oberlin Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Performance, Composition, or Music History); Opera Theater (integrated with an Oberlin Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Voice Performance). These MM degree programs are available only as part of five-year programs integrated with undergraduate study at Oberlin.

Master of Music (MM) in Performance on Historical Instruments. The MM in Performance on Historical Instruments is intended for a limited number of students who have acquired skills on historical instruments and who wish to pursue practical study in performance in combination with the study of performance practice and musicology. Concentrations are offered in harpsichord, fortepiano, organ, Baroque violin, Baroque flute, recorder, Baroque cello/viola da gamba, historical keyboard instruments (harpsichord, fortepiano, and organ, combined), and historical oboes (Baroque, Classical, and other oboes). Students holding an undergraduate degree from another institution will take four semesters to complete the program.  Oberlin undergraduates may audition during their junior year for a five-year program which combines the Bachelor of Music degree in a modern instrument with the MM in an historical instrument. 

Master of Music in Teaching (MMT). The MMT degree program is a fourteen-month course of intensive pedagogical study available after completion of a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance or Composition from Oberlin or an institution other than Oberlin.

Artist Diploma (ADip).  This four-semester program, offered only in certain performance departments, is intended for a limited number of exceptionally gifted performers who have completed the BMus or its equivalent, who have acquired extensive musical background through institutional or private studies or through unusual performing experiences, and who wish to concentrate on private applied study without additional course requirements. Oberlin Conservatory Bachelor of Music graduates may apply to the Artist Diploma program only with the recommendation of the department and approval of the Office of Associate Deans of the Conservatory. Students who enroll in and/or complete the Artist Diploma program may not transfer to the Bachelor of Music degree program.


Requirements for Graduation

The Bachelor of Music is awarded upon completion of:

  1. Course and non-course requirements for one or more majors leading to the BMus degree;
  2. 124 semester hours of course credits, including 62 hours earned at Oberlin or in Oberlin College programs, 76 hours earned in Oberlin Conservatory courses (excluding those entitled “Liberal Arts”) or in music courses completed elsewhere for which transfer credit has been awarded, and 24 hours of Arts and Sciences courses;
  3. The residence requirement;
  4. Three Winter Term credits;
  5. A minimum GPA of 1.67 (for students matriculating Fall 2004 and later). 

The Performance Diploma is awarded upon completion of:

  1. Specified course and non-course requirements;
  2. 48 semester hours of course credits;
  3. Four semesters of residence.

The Master of Music in Conducting, the Master of Music in Opera Theater, and the Master of Music in Historical Performance combined with an undergraduate degree in performance on a modern instrument are awarded upon completion of:

  1. The requirements for a specified undergraduate major;
  2. The course and non-course requirements for the graduate major.

The Master of Music in Performance on Historical Instruments and the Master of Music Teaching are awarded upon completion of:

  1. The course and non-course requirements for the graduate degree.

The Artist Diploma is awarded upon completion of:

  1. Specified course and non-course requirements;
  2. 24 hours of course credits;
  3. Four semesters of residence.

Residence Requirement. Undergraduate Conservatory degree students must be in residence at Oberlin or in Oberlin College programs for a minimum of four semesters. At least 24 of the last 30 hours of credit required for the BMus degree must be earned in residence at Oberlin.

Expository Writing Proficiency. Students with an SAT verbal score below 580 or an ACT score below 24 must complete either RHET 101 or RHET 102 in the Rhetoric and Composition Department. BMus students for whom English is a second language and who submit a TOEFL score below 600 (250 on computer-based test;100 on internet-based test) will be required to successfully complete LRNS 112: ESL III before enrolling in RHET 101 or RHET 102.

All double-degree students must adhere to the writing requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences (see “Requirements for Graduation” in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog).


Major Study

General. Students in a Conservatory degree program are required to pursue fulltime one or more Conservatory majors in every semester of enrollment and are expected to progress toward completion of the degree at the rate suggested by the recommended course distribution for each Conservatory major. Recommendations differ for double-degree students and are described in the double-degree section of this catalog.

Major Requirements. Requirements for each major are described in the Oberlin course catalog each year. Conservatory students must complete the major requirements in effect upon matriculation at Oberlin. Should the requirements for a major change while a student is enrolled, the student may elect to follow either the requirements in effect when entering Oberlin or those in effect in any subsequent year. The student must follow one complete set of requirements, however. Unless the student notifies the Registrar to the contrary, the Registrar assumes that the student will follow the requirements described in the course catalog for the year the student entered Oberlin.

Any student who returns to Oberlin to complete a major after more than four semesters away is bound to follow the requirements in effect at the time the student reenters Oberlin.

The regulations governing major requirements for double-degree students differ, and are described in the double-degree section of this catalog.

Major Status. In addition to Enrollment Status, which is determined by the number of credit hours completed towards graduation, the Conservatory recognizes Major Status, which is determined by the requirements completed towards the major in a given semester. Major Status for each major is defined in the relevant section of the catalog.

Change of Major. Any student interested in changing majors or in adding a second major must initiate that request through the Office of the Associate Deans of the Conservatory. A student must audition before a committee in the department of the new major before changing performance majors or before adding a second Performance major. Auditions are arranged by the Conservatory Admissions Office. An interview with the appropriate Conservatory division director is required for changes involving majors other than Performance. If a student is denied continuation in a major by action of the Academic Standing Committee, s/he is permitted to enroll for the following semester without a major for the purpose of finding a new major; more than one semester of enrollment without a major is not permitted.

Studio Change Policy. Any student in a multi-studio department who wishes to request a change of studio must first schedule an appointment with the Conservatory’s Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs to discuss the rationale for such a request. If a possible change seems warranted, the Associate Dean will instruct the student to meet with the current teacher to attempt to resolve any conflicts. If both the student and teacher agree that the teaching relationship cannot continue, the teacher will sign the change of studio form. The student will take the signed form to the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs. The Associate Dean will make every attempt to place the student in another studio on a space-available basis. Students should not approach another faculty member with a request to change into his or her studio until the above steps have been completed.  Studio changes normatively take effect at the beginning of the academic year; mid-year studio changes are not typically possible.  Studio Change Requests for the fall semester must be made by June 1.


Minor Study

Degree students in the Conservatory are eligible for a minor area of study. A student admitted to a minor program that did not exist in the year of the catalog governing her/his major requirements will follow the requirements for a minor in a subsequent catalog. The specific requirements for each minor are described in the relevant section of the catalog.




Student Solo Concerts and Recitals

General. All solo concerts and recitals are scheduled through the Conservatory’s Office of Concert Production.  All recitals will be scheduled to occur before the beginning of the reading period of each semester. See for production policies and procedures governing the scheduling of performances.

Concert/Recital Attendance Policy. Conservatory students are required to attend Honors Recitals and are strongly encouraged to attend at least nine Conservatory-sponsored concerts and recitals each year, to be selected from each of the categories below:

      1. An orchestral concert;
      2. A concert by the Oberlin Wind Ensemble or the College-Community Winds;
      3. A chamber music concert;
      4. A vocal recital, choral concert, or opera;
      5. A concert sponsored by the Jazz Studies Department or the Ethnomusicology Department;
      6. A new music concert (Contemporary Music Ensemble, Oberlin Percussion Group, TIMARA, Student or Faculty Composers);
      7. An early music concert (a concert of music written before 1750, a concert performed on original instruments, or an organ recital of music written before 1750);
      8.  A full-length faculty or student recital by a member of a department other than that in which the student is enrolled;
      9. A guest performer or guest composer concert, including an Artist Recital Series concert.

Danenberg Honors Recital Series. 
This series is intended to acquaint the entire student body with the highest standard of student performance, and so attendace at Honors Recitals is required of students.  Performers are chosen by the divisional faculties.

Senior Recitals.
Students are expected to perform the senior recital no later than the last semester of enrollment. Students who need to give the senior recital after the last semester of enrollment must do so on campus during a period when the Conservatory is in session, either a fall or spring semester, or during a Conservatory summer school session. They must register for hourly private study lessons during the period leading up to the recital unless the recital is given during the first two weeks of the semester following the final semester of enrollment.

Students must register for private study in the semester during which they give the senior recital. In addition, a student’s aural skills requirement must be completed before the senior recital can be scheduled. Students who complete all of the requirements for graduation (with the exception of their senior recital) in December of a given year, or who are eligible to enroll part-time in their final semester, and who wish to continue their private study and perform their senior recital during the subsequent semester must register for a minimum of two credit hours of applied study at the credit-hour rate in effect that academic year.

Students not majoring in Performance or Composition may give a non-required senior recital with the approval of their private applied or composition study teacher. Two previous appearances on departmental, studio, or honors recitals are required.

See for production policies and procedures relevant to the scheduling of senior recitals. A maximum of one hour and twenty minutes, including intermission, will be allotted to each senior recital.

Junior Recitals.
See for production policies and procedures relevant to the scheduling of junior recitals.

Division Recitals.
See for production policies and procedures relevant to the scheduling of recitals.

All Junior Recitals, all required and non-required Senior Recitals, and all Honors Recitals will be recorded by the Conservatory Audio Department. High quality CD recording units installed in Kulas Recital Hall and Warner Concert Hall may be used to provide recordings of performances in division and studio recitals.

All concerts by Oberlin Conservatory organizations are recorded. These recordings are available for class work and private listening, and many are available for purchase through the Conservatory Audio Department. Oberlin Conservatory reserves the right to use these recordings to promote the school and raise money for the scholarship fund. All students who participate in performances and recordings release Oberlin Conservatory from any obligation, financial or otherwise.

Extracurricular Performances.
A student must secure permission from his or her principal advisor before engaging in any extracurricular performances. This rule applies to all solo performances, special ensemble work, and accompaniments within the Conservatory, as well as outside activities. See for production policies and procedures relevant to extracurricular recitals.



Student-Taught Applied Study

Supervised Student Teaching Program. Each semester a number of students are recommended by their private-study teachers to provide private instruction to Conservatory and Arts and Sciences students who have been approved by audition for secondary applied private study. The program is administered by the Conservatory’s Office of Associate Deans.  Student teachers are closely supervised by their own private-study teachers or by an appointed faculty member. Students taking student-taught secondary lessons are required to register for 2 credit hours. The student teacher receives remuneration of $7.50 per weekly half-hour lesson.
Supervised student teachers of piano are required to have completed (or be currently enrolled in) APST 210: Intermediate Piano Pedagogy.  Supervised student teachers of voice must have completed APST 230: The Teaching of Singing.  The faculty supervisor meets with the student teachers and their students during the first two weeks of the semester. After hearing students perform, the faculty supervisor works with the student teachers to establish realistic goals for the semester.  The faculty supervisor is expected to hear students assigned to student teachers in his or her studio at least once later in the semester. This hearing may take the form of an appearance in the regularly scheduled studio class or in a special meeting with students and student teachers.  At the close of the semester, and most typically during the examination period, the students and student teachers meet with the faculty supervisor to perform some material prepared during the course of the semester.
All lessons with supervised student teachers are offered for Pass/No Pass grading only. Grades for student-taught secondary lessons are assigned by the student teacher in consultation with the faculty supervisor and submitted to the registrar by the faculty supervisor.
Approved Student Teaching Program. The Administrative Assistant in the Applied Studies Office maintains a list of students recommended by their private-study teachers as qualified to give instruction in voice or on their instruments. These students are authorized to use the Conservatory’s facilities in Robertson Hall to teach Conservatory and Arts and Sciences students or individuals not connected with Oberlin College. No credit is offered for such study. The student is expected to remunerate the student teacher directly at the rate of $7.50 per half hour.  This rate must not be exceeded.
Facilities for Student Teaching. Only students in the Supervised Student Teaching program or the Approved Student Teaching program are permitted to use Conservatory facilities for teaching.




Summer Programs

Oberlin Summer School. The Conservatory offers both six- and eight-week sessions of private applied study on a limited number of instruments. Credit for such work is granted only to students who have completed high school. 

Six-week session – see for dates

3 credits 2 hours of lessons per week
2 credits 1-1/2 hours of lessons per week
1 credit 45 minutes of lessons per week

Eight-week session  - see for dates

4 credits 2 hours of lessons per week
3 credits 1-1/2 hours of lessons per week
2 credits 1 hour of lessons per week

See for tuition for summer session.  Application and $25 registration deposit are due at the Office of the Registrar by mid-May. For further information and application forms, contact the Office of the Associate Deans, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, 77 West College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074. Phone: (440) 775-8293.

Summer Programs. The Conservatory offers a series of workshops and institutes that provide high-school and college students, teachers, and accomplished amateurs with exceptional opportunities to develop performance and teaching skills, expand repertoire, build technique, and generally enjoy music-making and performances in a supportive and collegial atmosphere. Participants will study with members of the Conservatory’s distinguished resident and guest faculty and will have full use of the Conservatory’s exceptional facilities. Participants may be eligible to receive college credit.
Previous workshops and institutes have included:

Baroque Performance Institute (Kennith Slowik, Director)
Oberlin Flute Institute (Michel Debost, Director)
Oberlin in Italy (Daune Mahy, Director)
Oberlin Piano Festival and Competition (Robert Shannon, Director)
Oberlin Percussion Institute (Michael Rosen, Director)
Oberlin Summer Academy for High School Organists (James David Christie, Director)
Oberlin Trumpet Workshop (Roy Poper, Director)
Vocal Academy for High School Students (Daune Mahy and Salvatore Champagne, Co-Directors)
Workshops in Electronic and Computer Music (Tom Lopez, Director)

For a brochure and information on current workshops and institutes, contact the Office for Summer Programs, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 77 West College St, Oberlin, OH 44074. Phone: (440) 775-8044. Web address:

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