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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Oberlin Conservatory of Music and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Oberlin Conservatory of Music include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Oberlin Conservatory of Music alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Items on this list include Paul Horn and Brian Chase.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Oberlin Conservatory of Music?” and “Which celebrities are Oberlin Conservatory of Music alumni?”

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Paul Horn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Flautist Paul Horn was an American jazz flautist, and an early pioneer of New Age music.

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Peter Watchorn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Harpsichordist Peter Watchorn is an Australian-born harpsichordist who has combined a virtuosic keyboard technique, musical scholarship and practical experience in the construction of harpsichords copied from ...more

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Joko Beck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Joko Beck Charlotte Joko Beck was an American Zen teacher and the author of the books Everyday Zen: Love and Work and Nothing Special: Living Zen.

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Dorothy DeLay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Violinist, Teacher Dorothy DeLay was an American violin instructor, primarily at the Juilliard School and University of Cincinnati She was born in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

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David Zinman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Music Director David Zinman is an American conductor and violinist.

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Stanley Cowell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist Stanley Cowell is an American jazz pianist and co-founder of the Strata-East Records label. He played with Roland Kirk while studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and later with Marion ...more

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Rex Lee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Actor Rex Lee is an American actor of Korean descent. He is best known for his role on the HBO original series Entourage as Lloyd Lee.

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Lisa Batey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Massage therapist, Lifecaster, Swimming Teacher Lisa Emily Batey is a lifecaster who has streamed live from Brooklyn, Tokyo and other locations as Nekomimi Lisa on Justin.tv and Ustream.tv. She is noted both for her pioneering innovations in ...more

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Robert Nathaniel Dett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Musician, Composer Robert Nathaniel Dett, often known as R. Nathaniel Dett, was a composer in the United States and Canada. During his lifetime he was one of the most successful black composers, known for his use ...more

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Robert Spano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Pianist, Music Director Robert Spano is an American conductor and pianist. Since 2001 he has been Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and he served as Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic from 1996 ...more

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James Paul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Conductor James Paul is an American conductor. He is currently the music director and conductor of The Shedd Institute's Oregon Festival of American Music and its American Symphonia, and music director of ...more

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Brian Chase is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Musician, Drummer Brian Chase is an American drummer playing in the New York rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. He was ranked at #50 in Gigwise's list of The Greatest Drummers of All Time. He plays drums with traditional

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Will Chase is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Actor, Singer Will Chase is an American Tony-Award-nominated actor and singer, best known for his work in Broadway musicals and in his current role as country superstar Luke Wheeler on ABC's Nashville.

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Cheryl Studer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Singer Cheryl Studer is a Grammy Award winning American dramatic soprano who has sung at many of the world's major opera houses. Studer has performed more than eighty roles ranging from the dramatic ...more

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Jennifer Koh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Violinist Jennifer Koh is an American violinist, born to Korean parents in Glen Ellyn, IL. Jennifer Koh earned a B.A. in English Literature from Oberlin College, as well as a Performance Diploma from the ...more

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Judy Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Musician, Actor, Singer Judy Kuhn is an American actress and singer, best known for her work in musical theatre. She is a three-time Tony Award nominee. After graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Kuhn ...more

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David Miller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Musician, Actor, Singer David Miller is an American tenor and member of the operatic pop musical quartet Il Divo. He sang at Wolf Trap under the name "David Leigh Miller" in 1996.

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James McBride is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Journalist, Musician, Novelist James McBride is an American writer and musician. He is the recipient of the 2013 National Book Award for fiction for his novel The Good Lord Bird.

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Carrie Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter Carrie Luz Rodriguez is a Mexican-American singer-songwriter and the daughter of Texan singer-songwriter David Rodriguez and well-known Texas painter Katy Nail, and is the granddaughter of ...more

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Cory Arcangel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Artist Cory Arcangel is a Brooklyn, New York post-conceptual artist who makes work in many different media, including drawing, music, video, performance art, and video game modifications, for which he ...more

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Derek Lee Ragin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Derek Lee Ragin Derek Lee Ragin is an American countertenor.

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Helen Cha-Pyo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Helen Cha-Pyo Conductor Helen Cha-Pyo is a Korean-born American conductor and organist. The Mail Tribune of Oregon describes her as being "on the front edge of a lustrous career as a conductor.” Born in Seoul, ...more

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Denyce Graves is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Singer Denyce Graves is an American mezzo-soprano opera singer.

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James David Christie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Musician, Organist, Teacher James David Christie is an American organist with an extensive performance career throughout the world and especially in Europe. He is Chair and Professor of Organ at the Oberlin Conservatory of ...more

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Will Marion Cook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Will Marion Cook Composer William Mercer Cook, better known as Will Marion Cook, was an African-American composer and violinist from the United States. Cook was a student of Antonín Dvořák and performed for ...more

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Christopher Rouse is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Composer Christopher Rouse is an American composer. Though he has written for various ensembles, Rouse is primarily known for his orchestral compositions, including a Requiem, eleven concertos, and four ...more

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Clarence Cameron White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Clarence Cameron White Clarence Cameron White was an African-American neoromantic composer and concert violinist. Dramatic works by the composer were his best-known, such as the incidental music for the play Tambour ...more

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Amy X Neuburg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Composer Amy X Neuburg is an American composer, vocalist, and electronic musician. She holds a B.M. degree in voice from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a B.A. in linguistics from Oberlin College, and ...more

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George Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Composer George Theophilus Walker is an African American composer, the first to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He received the Pulitzer for his work Lilacs in 1996. Walker is the father of two sons, ...more

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Jenny Scheinman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Jenny Scheinman is an accomplished violinist. Renowned as a jazz violinist, she has credits with artists in many genres. She has collaborated and played with Linda Perry, Norah Jones, Nels ...more

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Stephen Chatman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Stephen Chatman Composer Stephen Chatman is a Canadian composer residing in Vancouver.

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Philip Maneval is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Philip Maneval Philip Maneval is an American composer and arts administrator. As a composer, Maneval has written more than 35 solo, chamber music and orchestral works which have been played by groups including ...more

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Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Steven Isserlis CBE is a British cellist. He is distinguished for his diverse repertoire, distinctive sound deployed with his use of gut strings and command of phrasing.

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Michael Christie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Music Director Michael Christie is an American conductor. He graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance. His conducting teachers have included ...more

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Michael Morgan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Music Director Michael Morgan is an American conductor. He is currently music director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, and artistic director of Festival Opera in ...more

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Corey Dargel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Corey Dargel Corey Dargel is a composer, lyricist, and singer of electronic art songs that "smartly and impishly blur the boundaries between contemporary classical idioms and pop". Dargel has also ...more

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David Maslanka is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Composer David Maslanka is a U.S. composer who writes for a variety of genres, including works for choir, wind ensemble, chamber music, and symphony orchestra. Best known for his wind ensemble ...more

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Natalie Hinderas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Natalie Hinderas Natalie Leota Henderson Hinderas was an American pianist, composer and professor at Pennsylvania's Temple University. She was born in Oberlin, Ohio to a musical family. Her father was a jazz ...more

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Alex Klein is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Alex Klein Oboist Alex Klein is an oboist who began his musical studies in his native Brazil at the age of nine, and made his solo orchestral debut the following year. At the age of eleven he was invited to join ...more

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Fred Steiner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Film Score Composer, Composer Frederick "Fred" Steiner was an American composer, conductor, orchestrator, film historian and arranger for television, radio and film. Steiner wrote the theme music for The Rocky and ...more

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Thomas Rosenkranz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Thomas Rosenkranz Thomas Rosenkranz is a contemporary American pianist, noted for performances of modern and international music.

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Peter Evans is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Peter Evans Musician Peter Evans is an American trumpet player based in New York, who specializes in improvisation and avant-garde music. Evans has been a member of the New York City musical community since 2003, ...more

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Dalton Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Pianist Dalton Baldwin is an American collaborative pianist. He has made over 100 recordings and has won numerous prizes working with Elly Ameling and Gérard Souzay.

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Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr is an American clarinetist and music educator whose contributions to the Verdehr Trio have resulted in an extensive modern body of work for the clarinet-violin-piano trio

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Judith Gordon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Judith Gordon Pianist Judith Gordon is a concert pianist and educator.

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Bette Sussman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Songwriter, Pianist, Composer Bette Sussman is an American television composer, singer, songwriter, pianist, and musical director.

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Michael Hollinger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Michael Hollinger Playwright Michael Hollinger is an American playwright who is currently an associate professor of Theatre at Villanova University and an alumnus of New Dramatists. He received a Bachelor of Music in viola ...more

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Kelley Polar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Kelley Polar Kelley Polar, born Michael Kelley, is an alternative dance vocalist and producer. Originally a classical violist from Providence, R.I., he studied at the Oberlin Conservatory and then at ...more

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Stephen Clapp is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Stephen Clapp Stephen Clapp was a violinist and Dean Emeritus of the Juilliard School.

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Jennifer Choi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Oberlin Conservatory Of Music Alumni
Jennifer Choi Jennifer Choi is an American violinist based in New York City. Choi graduated from the Juilliard School and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Choi has performed in a variety of settings ...more