Frequently Asked Questions

What is Credo’s minimum performance level?

Credo is open to any player who would benefit from the environment of intensive chamber music instruction. Many Credo students are prizewinners in national and regional solo competitions, others sit at or near the front of their youth orchestra sections, and others are solid players with good intonation and rhythm. Students are admitted to Credo based on finding suitable chamber music partners – thus compatibility with other applicants is more of a deciding factor than absolute talent/achievement.

Is financial aid available for Credo?

Yes. Credo is committed to using financial aid to make our program available to all. Typically, more than $70,000 of financial aid is awarded each year, primarily on a need basis.

Where do Credo students come from?

So far, Credo students have come from 43 states: New York to Hawaii and Alaska to Florida! Over the years, students also journeyed from Japan, Korea, China, the Netherlands, Taiwan, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Tanzania to share the Credo experience.

Is Credo a ‘church camp?’

No. Credo is a music program of high-level study and performance. Credo programs use faith and service elements to enrich and deepen the student’s commitment to excellence and appreciation of the special power of music.

Are all faiths welcome at Credo programs?

YES! Credo (Latin for, “I believe”) is a place for development and strengthening of faith. The required morning sing is led from a non-denominational Christian perspective by faculty (Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Mennonite). At Credo, students from (nearly) all Christian denominations and several non-Christian faiths have grown together by discovering their common beliefs and respectfully discussing differences.

How is musical growth fostered?

Students engage in musical growth through chamber groups, masterclasses, large ensembles, and private lessons. They have the opportunity to study with outstanding faculty from Oberlin, Northwestern, Juilliard, and Eastman, and interact with professional chamber music groups.

What faculty will be coaching me?

Students have the opportunity to work with several members of the faculty as their coaches throughout the program. Credo Oberlin’s world-class faculty includes faculty from America’s most significant conservatories and performing ensembles.