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About the 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, Oberlin’s alumni have gone on to achieve illustrious careers in all aspects of the serious music world. Many of them have attained stature as solo performers, composers, and conductors, among them Jennifer Koh, Steven Isserlis, Denyce Graves, Franco Farina, Lisa Saffer, George Walker, Christopher Rouse, David Zinman, and Robert Spano. All of the members of the contemporary music ensembles eighth blackbird and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) are Oberlin graduates, and members of the Miró, Pacifica, Juilliard, and Fry Street quartets, among others, include Oberlin alumni, who also can be found in major orchestras and opera companies throughout the world.

The conservatory is housed in an air-conditioned, soundproof complex that contains 40 studios for private teaching, 10 classrooms, 153 practice rooms (nearly all equipped with Steinway grand pianos), and two performance halls. The conservatory library, recently renovated to provide even better access to its collections, is the largest music library in any undergraduate institution in the United States.


About Oberlin College

Located in a small town in northern Ohio, Oberlin College is 45 minutes from Cleveland and its cultural resources and 35 minutes from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which is accessible from Oberlin by interstate highway. Institute personnel will help participants arrange transportation to and from the airport. Oberlin's rural surroundings are excellent for bicycling and jogging.

The facilities of the college are open to summer institute participants and include the Allen Memorial Art Museum, one of the finest college art museums in the country, and the Oberlin College Library, unsurpassed among college libraries for the depth and range of its resources. Recreation facilities include an indoor swimming pool, Nautilus and free-weight rooms, numerous tennis, squash, and racquetball courts, bowling lanes, a cross-country course, and an exercise trail.

For more visitor information, including driving directions, visit the college visitor information page.