General. The Conservatory provides pre-professional training in
music performance, composition, music education, music technology,
music theory, and music history. Students may earn one or more of
the following undergraduate and graduate degrees: Bachelor of Music,
Performance Diploma, Artist Diploma, Master of Music, Master of
Music in Teaching, or Master of Music Education.
These 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 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 free-lance artists,
both in the United States and abroad.
The Conservatory of Music was founded in 1865 as a private music
school. Two years later it became part of Oberlin College. It currently
has an annual enrollment of over 550 music students.
Relation to the College of Arts and Sciences. The Conservatory of
Music and the College of Arts and Sciences share the same campus.
As a result, Conservatory students may take courses in both the
College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory and can simultaneously
pursue majors in both divisions, earning a Bachelor of Music degree
and a Bachelor of Arts degree within a five-year program.
Many College of Arts and Sciences students pursue Conservatory courses,
study music, and perform in Conservatory ensembles.
Concerts and Recitals. The Conservatory offers an extraordinary
array of performances; over four hundred concerts and recitals are
presented annually. In 2001-2002 there were 82 recitals by faculty
and guest artists, 205 Senior and Junior recitals, and 116 concerts
by student ensembles and other groups. The Conservatory also presents
an annual series of faculty chamber music concerts.
Artist Recital Series. The Oberlin Artist Recital Series has, over
the past century, brought to Oberlin an impressive array of internationally
acclaimed solo performers, outstanding chamber ensembles, and major
orchestras. Approaching its 125th season, the Artist Recital Series
continues to offer rich musical experiences to the Oberlin community.