Convocation Series

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Professor Robert Spano ’84

Join us for the opening Convocation of the 2017-18 academic year when we welcome Robert Spano ’84, a six-time Grammy Award-winning conductor, pianist, composer, music director of the Atlanta Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and a professor of conducting at Oberlin Conservatory. Read more

Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Terry Tempest Williams

Author and activist Terry Tempest Williams has been called a “citizen writer”—a reflection of her deeply felt ethical convictions in all that she does. The author of numerous books including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place and The Open Space of Democracy, she is also a prominent voice on issues of women’s health, nuclear testing, war, and the environment. Read more

Piano 2018 | Violin 2019
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$20,000 first prize

Presented each July by Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cooper Competition showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. Five days of performances on campus give way to the thrilling Concerto Finals at Severance Hall, where three finalists compete for the grand prize in concert with The Cleveland Orchestra.

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About the Oberlin Convocation Series

The Oberlin Convocation Series, presented under the auspices of the Finney Lecture Committee and the Office of the President, presents free, public discussions of cutting-edge issues by some of the country’s most prominent thinkers from an array of disciplines and professional fields. These talks are open to the public and take place in Finney Chapel. Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Programs at (440) 775-6785.