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, many others sit at or near the front of their youth orchestra sections. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holly Jenkins, Section Violin at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Credo '12)
I graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in 2012 and that summer was my first time at Credo. If there's a "right" reason for playing music, glorifying something bigger than yourself in order to help people tap into something beautiful inside them is it. I've traveled to Jordan and the West Bank (with fellow Credo student Lauren Manning ’12) in 2011 and to Pakistan in 2012 for performances and music workshops with young people. I've played for audiences of all classical musicians, and for audiences full of people that haven't ever seen a violin, or heard classical music before. Music has this incredible ability to bridge gaps of all sorts, whether those gaps are social, religious, or cultural. At Credo, no one was trying to prove anything, win something, or impress each other: everyone just wanted to enrich the people around us, not to mention ourselves! It was so exciting for me to be in such a supportive and well-meaning atmosphere. I hope always to be a part of the Credo family in some way, shape, or form!