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Ohio’s Conservatories of Music: Oberlin Conservatory of Music

By March 9, 2017August 1st, 2017Ohio's Conservatories of Music


The Oberlin Conservatory of Music is the oldest Conservatory of Music in the United States. It was founded in 1833 and is affiliated with Oberlin College. Oberlin’s Conservatory is typically ranked as one of the top Conservatories in the country and is particularly well known for its programs in contemporary and baroque music as well as its unique Technology in Music and Related Arts Program (TIMARA). Oberlin’s conservatory has an enrollment of around 600 and admission is very competitive. Considered an “All Steinway” conservatory, Oberlin is the proud owner of 233 Steinway pianos. Some Conservatory students double major in music with another major offered at Oberlin College – time to completion is five years for most students. Architecturally unique, Bibbins Hall, the home of the Conservatory, was designed by Minoru Yamasaki who also designed the prior World Trade Center buildings. Bibbins houses 40 studios and 10 classrooms.

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About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

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