About the Program

About the Credo Oberlin Program

The Quick Facts:

Who: All String and piano students ages 13-23 are invited to apply
What: Three weeks of intensive chamber music study and performance
When: July 10 – July 30, 2016
Where: Oberlin Conservatory of Music – Oberlin, OH

Admission to the Program

Admission to Credo is made by “rolling admission,” with earlier applications having a greater likelihood of finding compatible chamber music partners and therefore being accepted into the program. A limited number of students wait-listed for Credo Oberlin will be invited to participate in the Credo Prelude Boston.

Student Chamber Music Coaching/Performance

Each chamber group receives DAILY coaching and will be expected to perform several times each week. Repertoire will be assigned and mailed to students in June, allowing them to master their individual parts before arriving. This advance preparation combines with Credo’s carefully matched assignments to foster unparalleled growth as individuals and ensembles.

Service Projects

As an important part of Credo’s mission of service, students devote one day a week to a variety of service activities. They share their special musical gifts in concerts at day-care centers, Oberlin summer educational programs, nursing homes, and hospitals. They also experience the joy of accomplishment in such tasks as park site preparation, cleaning homeless shelters, and community beautification projects. Each service day offers an opportunity for faculty and students to connect outside the confines of the practice room, and to develop a life-long passion for serving others with our art and being.

Credo Faculty

The Credo Faculty come to Credo from many of the leading music schools and orchestras across the country. Together they create the (often life-changing!) Credo experience.

Karen Burgman, Piano; Credo Trio
Michael Davis, Concertmaster; Louisville Orchestra
Bryan Dumm, Violoncello; Cleveland Orchestra
Joanne Erwin, Music Education, Oberlin Conservatory
John Fitchuk, Chamber Music
Alan Harrell, Violoncello; Cleveland Orchestra
James Howsmon, Piano; Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Dr. Lee Joiner, Violin; Wheaton College
Dr. Kangwon Kim , Concertmaster; Madison Bach Musicians
Lisa-Beth Lambert, Violin, Philadelphia Orchestra
Elizabeth Ann Larson, Violin; Credo Trio, Biola University
Marilyn McDonald, Master Classes; Oberlin Conservatory of Music (On leave 2016)
Matthew Michelic, Viola; Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
Steuart Pincombe, Violincello; Credo Trio, Apollo’s Fire
Stephen Shipps*, Violin, University of Michigan
Peter Slowik, Viola; Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Dr. Kathryn Schmidt Steely, Viola; Baylor University
Milan Vitek, Violin, Oberlin Conservatory
Anne Martindale Williams, Principal Cello; Pittsburgh Symphony

 *On leave 2016


While in residence at Oberlin’s world-renowned Conservatory of Music, students enjoy excellent rehearsal, coaching, and practice facilities, a celebrated music library collection, and many recreational opportunities offered on Oberlin’s park-like campus. Sun-filled practice rooms are never hard to find: the Conservatory has over 150 practice rooms, all with floor to ceiling windows and many equipped with full-size Steinway pianos.

Sample Day

A typical day at Credo includes:

  • 1.5 hours of coached ensemble rehearsal
  • 1.5 hours of uncoached ensemble rehearsal
  • 3 hours of solo practice
  • “Morning Sing” group devotional
  • Instrumental master class or private lesson

Sample Weekday Schedule

7:45 AM – 8:20 AMBreakfast
8:30 AM – 8:55 AMMorning Sing
9:00 AM – 10:30 AMCoaching
10:45 AM – 12:15 PMSolo Practice
12:30 PM – 1:30 PMLunch
1:30 PM – 3:00 PMMaster Classes / Lessons
3:00 PM – 4:30 PMSolo Practice
4:30 PM – 5:30 PMEnsemble Practice
6:00 PMDinner
EveningConcert, activity, or free time