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The Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University
The Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace is proud to celebrate more than a century of excellence in music. It is steeped in a rich tradition that began when Dr. Albert Riemenschneider became the first director of the music department in 1898. Before that time, music classes had been offered at the Baldwin Institute for one dollar extra per term. In 1912 the citizens of Berea donated land to expand the Institute's facilities for music, and the Fanny Nast Gamble Auditorium was built, complete with a $25,000 pipe organ, which was said to be the best in the state.
The rest, as they say, is history, history that includes establishment of the oldest collegiate Bach Festival in the nation (1933), the Riemenschneider Bach Institute (1969), and the Summer Music Clinic (1944). But, the most enduring part of the tradition has been a commitment to excellence in music within an environment that nurtures and encourages the personal and professional growth of each student.
Each year brings a new array of recitals, concerts, discussions and master classes. We hope you will join us to celebrate the excellence, community and the inspired musicianship that are the Conservatory of Music.