Prospective students are especially welcome on Mondays!
If you can come to visit Oberlin on a Monday, you can have a lesson, meet the flute studio and observe some of at least four major ensemble rehearsals!
Lesson: Alexa will see you for a lesson/meeting at no charge, exact time to be arranged directly. This is offered as an incentive to encourage you to visit on a Monday. For visits on other days, please contact Alexa for scheduling possibilities and charges.
Lessons will be held in Alexa’s office, the flute studio, Bibbins 141 (this is a ground floor corner office, very close to the intersection of South Professor Street and West College Street).
You are welcome to try and invite yourself to a private lesson if you have a friend in the studio, but Alexa considers private lessons to be the student's time...
Studio class: You are invited to attend any flute studio class, held on Mondays 3:30-4:20pm, in Stull Recital Hall (Bibbins 3rd floor), with possible continuation from 4:30 in Bibbins 334. This is the best way to assess the atmosphere of the flute studio, and to meet and ask questions of the other students. You will probably hear 3-4 students play in the class and observe group discussion. Sometimes guest artists and clinicians teach or present in this time slot, so be sure to contact Alexa prior to your visit.
Ensembles: There are two major ensemble rehearsal times on Mondays: 1-3 and 7:30-9:30. During these hours, you can observe the Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonietta and the Contemporary Music Ensemble in rehearsal. The Opera Orchestra and Baroque Orchestra may also be rehearsing at these times. Hearing/seeing these groups in action will help you understand Oberlin’s ensembles’ excellent reputation, appreciate our amazing conductors, and help you understand the expectations of professional training.
Oberlin Conservatory’s admissions office does a wonderful job of arranging schedules for prospective students, and provides lots of helpful information. Be sure to contact them in advance to best utilize their assistance.
And please be sure to check with Alexa (Alexa.Still@oberlin.edu) before planning your trip to make sure she will be here and schedule your lesson, and so you’ll know if you are observing a normal flute studio class or a guest masterclass.