The Oberlin Review

Conservatory sophomore Josephine Lee and double-degree junior Phoebe Pan practice together in Bibbins Hall.

AAPR Recommends Structural Changes to Con

April 19, 2019

One of the primary areas of recommendation to come out of the Academic and Administrative Program Review concerns structural changes to the Conservatory. Specifically, the steering committee has supported the creation of a revamped Musical Studies major and minor, and recommended that Oberlin increase College enrollment by 100 students while simultaneously decreasing the Conservatory enrollment by 100 students over the course of four years. This recommendation was made partially in response to d...

Faculty Recital Demonstrates Variety, Virtuosity

Ivan Aidun, Staff Writer

September 15, 2017

The Oberlin Conservatory’s reputation for virtuosic faculty was thoroughly upheld Saturday night, when Associate Professor of Flute Alexa Still and pianist Allie Su performed three 20th century pieces in Kulas Recital Hall. The recital opened with Sonata in A Minor, Op. 34, by the late Romantic American composer Amy Beach. Beach was the first American woman to reach widespread compositional acclaim, and her Gaelic Symphony was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman. Her Sonata in A Minor was originally for violin and piano, but Still transcribed it for flute and piano during her graduate studies. “I was in a chamber music class with an old professor who was a double bass player,” Still ...

Still, Shannon Present Contemporary Venezuelan Duets

Jeremy Reynolds, Staff Writer

February 6, 2015

Beatboxing while playing the flute has become a fairly common technique among flautists today. To sing while performing, however, is significantly less conventional. During a concert of 20th and 21st century music for flute and piano, Associate Professor of Flute Alexa Still used her voice to fill out the mellow timbre of her instrument’s lower register in two of the works on the idiosyncratic program. Accompanied by Professor of Piano Robert Shannon, OC ’72, Still performed a recital on Tuesday evening in Stull Recital Hall that featured the works of Venezuelan-born composer and conductor Efraín Amaya. Before beginning her performance, Still said that Amaya possesses a vast collection of flutes from around the...

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