Oberlin’s undergraduate program addresses emerging challenges and prepares exceptional harp performance majors for successful careers in music. Thorough development of technique, musicianship, pedagogy, and repertoire are combined with performance opportunities in chamber, orchestral, contemporary music, and improvisational ensembles. The curriculum includes the harp seminar, harp ensemble, courses in music theory and history, entrepreneurship and leadership, digital technology, and wellness.
Oberlin Conservatory is the only major music school that focuses on undergraduate students and is embedded on a seamless campus with a preeminent liberal arts school.
An important feature of harp study at Oberlin Conservatory is the Harp Majors Seminar with Yolanda Kondonassis, assistant professor of harp, and an international solo and recording artist. “Today’s constantly-evolving arts landscape demands a multifaceted skill set. Oberlin’s harp program combines an intensive harp performance education with practical experience essential to the modern harpist. My goal is to equip my students with the tools they need to thrive in the profession immediately upon graduating,” says Kondonassis.
The double-degree program at Oberlin opens a world of possibilities where students earn both B.M. and B.A. degrees in the conservatory and college in 5 years or fewer. Students are also free to pursue academic minors in any program on campus or participate in any of five interdivisional programs.