Conservatory of Music

The Conservatory of Music (affectionately known as "the Con") is Oberlin's (justly famous) music school. It was founded in 1865 as a private music school and became part of Oberlin College in 1867. The current Dean of the Conservatory is David Stull '89.



The Conservatory was previously housed in Warner Hall, a large stone building where Hall now stands. It now occupies four interconnected buildings on the south side of Tappan Square.

The original structure of three big white buildings was designed by the Japanese-American architect Minoru Yamasaki in 1963. Built around a central courtyard (the only part of the conservatory many college students are familiar with), these are:

To the east of Robertson and the Central Unit is the new Bertram and Judith Kohl Building, which was completed in 2010. The Kohl Building now houses the Jazz Studies, Music History, and Music Theory departments. Kohl is connected to Robertson by a third-floor enclosed bridge, which also contains the Sky Bar (named for a famous Cleveland jazz club that closed in 1954).

Tour guides like to tell prospies that the Conservatory houses more Steinway pianos under one roof than any other building in the world, excluding the Steinway factory. (For one thing, it was reported in 1999 that Oberlin had been an all-Steinway school since 1877 (only 23 years after the company was started!) and, according to them, we're the school that's been doing business with them the longest.)

Undergraduate Programs

Conservatory Divisions and Departments

Graduate Program

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