Founded in 1865, Oberlin Conservatory of Music is the oldest operating conservatory in the United States. It is also, as stated on its website, "the only major music school in the country that shares a seamless campus with a liberal arts college," which gives its musicians an opportunity to complete a Double Degree program. Having a student body of 450 students in the institution, with more than 180 of them being double degree majors, the facilities offered at the all-Steinway school are truly mind-blowing: 150 practice rooms, 7 electronic music studios, 11 performance venues, 32 organs, more than 240 Steinways at your fingertips, to name a few.
If the above information didn't make your jaw drop a little, Oberlin was also one of the first to start a department dedicated to music technology — in fact, it has been teaching classes on electronic music since 1969. "We have a long history of working with technology," begins Tom Lopez
, Associate Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts, Chair of TIMARA. This attracts an applicant pool from all around the world, albeit there are currently about 30 TIMARA majors.