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Oberlin's Attitude Towards Basic Musicians?

stressedAHHHstressedAHHH 0 replies2 threads New Member
I want to apply to Oberlin for computer science/psychology. I was psyched about its huge music presence on campus because I am a choir junkie and I want to stay involved in music because I love it. However, I'm no expert by far. If I wanted to get involved with music on campus, would people brush me off or judge me because I'm not majoring in it and/or because I don't have much knowledge? How hard would it be for me to get involved in a vocal group that isn't super hardcore but more for the fun of it?
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  • aquaptaquapt 2530 replies54 threads Senior Member
    When my daughter was doing a similar search, the impression I got was that Lawrence U and St. Olaf had more inclusive music programs, for non-majors, that Oberlin, while still offering the huge music presence that you're looking for. Don't take my word for it, certainly, but those would be good schools to compare.
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  • MidwestmomofboysMidwestmomofboys 4263 replies27 threads Senior Member
    Agreed that, in the past, Lawrence and St Olaf were more welcoming to non-Con (Lawrence) or non-majors (St Olaf). However, Oberlin's recent strategic plan outlines a move to shrink the Con and expand music opportunities to College (as opposed to Con) students. So, on balance, I would say this is a work in progress/moving target and really hard to know how the changes will impact non-Con students at Oberlin. The beauty of Oberlin is that it is a music-rich community, so there is much to savor. For an applicant, I'd encourage detailed questions to get a clear picture of what the experience will look like going forward.
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