Music, Theater, & The Arts



Although our world-class conservatory may seem to dominate some discussions of music at Oberlin, those familiar with the institution know that performance majors are just a slice of the musical/artistic pie here. In addition the 400+ concerts that the conservatory presents annually, both the college and conservatory also produce a staggering number of student-led and informal musical, theatrical, dance, and arts events. Oberlin has a thriving a capella tradition as epitomized by Andy, an a capella-loving paper salesman portrayed by Ed Helms '96 on The Office. In addition to student performances, Oberlin brings world-class acts to campus every year through the Student Union and the Artist Recital Series. The 'Sco, (short for Dionysus Disco) presents a variety of pop/indie/rock/rap groups, such as Girl Talk, The Books, and Ratatat. Student Organizations also contribute heavily to the music scene at Oberlin, putting on the annual festivals like the Folk Music Festival and Hip Hop 101.

Many of the hundreds of conservatory recitals are graduation requirements for junior and senior performance majors, but departments also bring in artists for guest concerts and master classes. When departmental and honors recitals, ensemble performances, and junior and senior recitals just aren't enough, students perform Ad Hoc recitals, usually playing to a more intimate audience and without the programming constraints of an official recital.

Performance spaces at Oberlin are often multi-use - Hall Auditorium houses both the Opera and Theater and Dance productions throughout the year. The 'Sco, although primarily a music and dance club, has seen the occasional musical or theatrical production, especially during Winter Term. Traditional Conservatory venues, such as Kulas Recital Hall, Warner Concert Hall, and Fairchild Chapel, are also used for a cappella concerts, student performance art, and the occasional class. Finney Chapel is the home to the Artist Recital Series, many performances sponsored by the Concert Board, and the occasional opera.

Theater & Dance

The Theater and Dance department sponsors many student performances throughout the year. These performances include the Oberlin Dance Company yearly show, main stage theater performances, student acted & directed plays and musicals, as well as a student produced dance concert every semester. In recent years students have organized an improv conference and a 24-hour theater festival (in which entire plays are written, cast, rehearsed, sets built, and finally performed, all in a single 24 hour period). Two major student organization, Oberlin Student Theater Association (OSTA) and Oberlin Musical Theater Association (OMTA) produce plays and musical each semester and during Winter Term.

The Visual Arts

The Allen Memorial Art Museum ranks among the top five college- or university-based museums in the nation. Begun in 1917, its collections comprise more than 14,000 objects, including works of international significance by Rembrandt, Rubens, Chardin, Monet, Cezanne, Turner, Picasso, DeKooning, and Oldenburg. Many classes - not just in art history, but English, religion, history, and other disciplines - benefit from this teaching collection, which illustrates the great themes of world art. The museum is a landmark Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Cass Gilbert. In 1977, Venturi, Scott, Brown and Associates designed a museum addition that is one of the earliest examples of postmodern architecture in the United States.

The Art Department at Oberlin includes both Studio Art and Art History, but the activities of Oberlin's visual artists extend far beyond the classroom through sculpture installations, student curated exhibitions at the Allen, and a tradition of gorgeous silkscreen posters advertising campus happenings. At the end of each semester, the Art Walk celebrates student artwork in various locations spread throughout campus.

But the categories above can't really encompass all the art that happens at Oberlin. The variety of means of self-expression discovered by Obies is staggering; although definitions of art might be argued over, compelling performances take place in unexpected places and unexpected times throughout the year - in the form of statue-still students installing themselves in the Conservatory Lounge, or giant crutches holding up a tree in Tappan Square.

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College Orchestra! (not our official name)

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Extra, extra!

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Showtime: Improv Saga, Part Two

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4th in the Nation: An Improv Odyssey

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Glee comes to Oberlin!

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Music Matters

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Things to do besides studying

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Good Night, Sleep Tight: Allen After Hours

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The nature of long music

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How to Grow a Band from the Ground

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SUNSHINE SCOUTS!! (the improv group I keep mentioning.)

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The Fun Part

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Essays and Sunshine Scouts

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The Next Best Thing

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Anything for Art

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For Randy

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Will Work for Circus? I Work for Circus!

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We are Building a Circus, We are Building it Bigger

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Concerts galore

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Addicted to Bad Ideas: Punk-Metal-Rap-Ska Music Shows

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Organs Get Me Pumped

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | For the record, I am already scared of this story, but hearing it retold in such a dark and echoey space, preluded by an organ piece played in a dark room, well, it was amazing and nerve-wracking. It was the coolest shoot I've even been involved in.

And now, a love letter to pit orchestras

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"Translation is not a matter of words only..."

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The Post post

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"Get your feathers out of my nose"

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Live to Laugh, Laugh to Live (in Cleveland!)

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | Several weeks ago, I found myself on a top floor balcony suite at a ski resort 300 miles away, talking and sharing laughs with a couple of the freshest talents out of Cleveland. How did I wind up there?

A Congress of Art at the Congressional Art Show

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | For three weeks of the year, the walls of the Bent corridor (which I totally thought was just a descriptor, not the name of two illustrious alumni, up until last week) are graced with beautiful local artwork from students from the 9th Congressional District. I was ever so lucky to be there photographing it.

Graphically Notated Scores and You

posted by Will Mason '10 | There were, of course, pages of specific instructions and a symbol key, but that doesn't change the fact that for my friend's recital I was required to look at a photo of a rabbit man in a suit running away from artillery fire and translate it into a part for drum set/percussion.

Mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | I had envisioned myself waking up with the sun and birds each morning, going for a long run during which I'd plan out my writing for the day, then plunking down with my laptop and an oversized mug of fair-trade coffee at Oberlin Market and getting to work. (Nope.)

Poetry, Lake Michigan, Blue Man Group, and overly mediocre Thai food

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | Forget that there was no hot water in my bathroom and that the hotel gym cost an extra $18 a day to work out at; I was delighted with our 13th floor window overlooking Lake Michigan, and the opportunity to spend some time with Linda, whom I adore.

Making Modern Art at the Museum of Modern Art

posted by Daniel Tam-Claiborne '09 | There's more to the New York art scene than pretentiousness and Andy Warhol, but you certainly won't find it in this post. What you will find is a retrospective of some of the various art--both deliberate and not--that we happened to come across during our afternoon visit.

An Expo-tition

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | "Ha! Zeez are not musician's 'ands! Zees are scientist 'ands, for working in ze laboratory! Out! Out!"

The Oberlin Theater Club

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | There is, in fact, only one magical way to schedule all the performances (AND hit every single "Welcome back to a new semester! We missed you!" activity AND manage to see all your friends who you missed all of winter term... which can all coincide sometimes).

Vietnam 101

posted by Joe Dawson '12 | The second of two pieces I wrote during first semester about performances in Oberlin.


posted by Joe Dawson '12 | The movie centered on Darius, a 15-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Darius' brother Mario died of the same disease when he was 19, and Darius talks about his brother occasionally during the film.

One Must Have A Mind Of Winter

posted by Will Mason '10 | Bartok and Techno, but not at the same time.

Conquering my fear of readings

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | She told me how excited she was about the reading, and went on with something to the effect of: "I feel like all you creative writing majors have this separate writing world you live in sometimes. It's obviously such a huge part of your lives, and yet most of the rest of us never get to be a part of it."

Back at Altitude

posted by Nicolee Kuester '10 | The sun is out for the second day in a row, the thermometer out back says 0 degrees, and it's so dry that five miles to the west I can see the snow-frozen Rockies as clear as if they were a Bob Ross painting. The semester is done. I am home in Colorado.

Work it for Women!

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | The money raised by Work it for Women was to help women with the costs of an abortion: travel, overnight stays and child care.

It is all... an illusion

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | The real difference between seeing the dress and the show, though, is the audience. I've been in performance audiences lovingly called the "little audience that could," the small audiences that make up for lacking size with more emotion, appreciation, and gusto than a full house.

Jazz Combos Thrive at Oberlin

posted by Will Mason '10 | All jazz combos at Oberlin are student-formed, and the repertoire is student-selected, and I think this is critical for a number of reasons.

I ran away and joined the circus

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | It's been over a week since the final performance of the Johnson Family Circus. I'm in an extraordinary position to continue reliving the show for days, weeks, even months after.

Bed of Nails!

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | Is this safe? Safe enough.

Cinderella would not have thought to use nonvascular plants this way

posted by Nicolee Kuester '10 | First things first: if you're around town you should go see the opera Cendrillon when it goes up this coming week.

Notes on dancing

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | This weekend, being parents' weekend, saw many, many events. The one I attended today was FELL, the 2008 student dance concert, which consisted of pieces choreographed and performed solely by students.

The Family Circus

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | We may not be blood relations, but we are a family.


posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | I listened to Jim's piece "Chorale" this morning. Damn, it was great.

I don't write my stuff anymore, I just kick it from my head.

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | Ratatat, playing at the Sco on Tuesday, was insane.

Opportunities for College Musicians

posted by Will Mason '10 | The Oberlin Conservatory attracts a number of world-class musicians, but its presence on campus is also a major draw for college students who wish to continue studying music without committing to a pre-professional program.

What did you do with your Friday night?

posted by Will Mason '10 | We Oberlin students are a lucky bunch. The campus provides an impossible number of lectures, exhibits, readings, and performances, and we are burdened with the enviable luxury of bouncing around from event to event, gorging ourselves on art and music and culture until exhaustion necessitates a break.

Bowling, Oberlin Style

posted by Max Strasser '09 | I usually don't like bowling at all. (This might be just because I am exceptionally bad at it.) But last night, I had a good time.

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