Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kayleigh Decker to sing in Carnegie Hall master class - watch it live on!!

Oberlin Conservatory of Music’s student, mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker, will perform during the Carnegie Hall master classes broadcast live on February 21, 22 and 23 at 2 p.m. EST on

Access from the Conservatory Library’s homepage or a free mobile app available for free from iTunes.

To stream using your computer on or off campus: use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) so network activity can move through a secure server and be associated with Oberlin College.  By using VPN, you will not need to authenticate further.

Configure VPN (for computer, iPads or iPhones)

Settings -> General -> VPN -> Add VPN Configuration

            Select:  IPSec

            Description: Oberlin College



            Password: left blank; you will be prompted each time for your OBie password

            Group Name: OC

            Secret: feb2006

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine Day: A cynic's playlist

The chocolates are now half price and the day has passed, but wait...

Valentine Day: A cynic's playlist

We know that love isn't really a bed of roses, so if you've been jilted, dumped. left all alone this Valentine's Day, fear not. Here's our alternative guide – a cynic's guide, if you will – to what love can really be like! more

One Night Only: The Streets Meet The Opera House

The Dallas City Performance Hall is packed, sold out. As the late arrivers scramble down the aisles looking for their seats, two dozen homeless singers quietly walk out of the wings and line up across the stage single file. It's a thin band stretched across a large expanse of stage and they look fairly terrified. The orchestra plays the opening bars of "Somewhere" from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. The house goes completely quiet, a sense of anxiety in the air. The Dallas Street Choir has been practicing for months, but as they begin, it's shaky.  Listen here

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What It Means To Play Pablo Casals' Cello

When Amit Peled was 10, his parents gave him a gift: a cassette of music by cello master Pablo Casals. Peled had no classical background; his parents were not musicians. He says his own budding interest in the cello was a scam, a way of getting close to a girl in his town who happened to play the instrument. And yet, every night, he would fall asleep with the tape playing from a boombox beside his bed. The music made an impression.  Read and listen here!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Push It Further: Rhiannon Giddens (OC '00) Takes A Turn On Tradition

As a member of the Carolina Chocolate DropsRhiannon Giddens is used to turning songs from another era into something her own. Her first solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, consists mostly of cover songs by different women, such as Patsy Cline, Jean Ritchie and Libba Cotton. But one interpretation stands out."I just started going, 'What if I just kind of pushed it a little bit further?' " Giddens tells NPR's Renee Montagne of her funky version of "Black Is the Color," a folk song popularized by Nina Simone.  Listen!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Grammy Winners List For 2015

The biggest night in music belonged to Sam Smith. At the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, Smith won four awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. BeyoncĂ©, Pharrell Williams and Roseanne Cash all won three awards, as did Beck's "Morning Phase," which took Album of the Year honors.  Complete List