Oberlin Percussion Group

Oberlin Percussion Group

Percussion performers on stage

Formed in 1972, the Oberlin Percussion Group provides a forum for students to apply techniques learned in lessons, to hone their skills searching for the appropriate sound for a given situation, to learn the art of caring for instruments, and to discover diverse repertoire for the percussion ensemble. Perhaps most importantly, students acquire a keen sense of the dynamics of ensemble performance.

Compositions are conducted only if necessary and students are encouraged to play like other chamber music ensembles. Professor of Percussion Mike Rosen explains, “On each concert I usually program a composition of historical significance by early composers such as John Cage, Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison or Johanna Beyer. I also try to select music of various compositional types and take into consideration the variety of colors and timbres of which percussion is capable including electronic music elements.”

All percussion majors are members of the group and receive credit for the four hours per week of OPG rehearsals.