Mike Rosen’s percussion studio is a sonic laboratory and hands-on museum of instruments. It’s packed with all manner of mallet instruments and drums, as well as the orchestral battery needed for performance in Oberlin’s ensembles, alongside exotic gongs and drums collected from his travels across Asia.
An entire wall of photos chronicles the professor of percussion’s 43-year tenure through the student musicians who have studied here and the visiting masters who have influenced them. It includes photos taken at each of the annual student picnics Rosen has held since 1972, plus the countless guest artists, teachers, and composers who have inspired their work in this space.
Photograph by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97
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35 miles west of Cleveland
Nearest Airport: CLE
9% in-state, 84% out-of-state,
7% from abroad
and 40+ theater & dance
productions every year
Oberlin graduates go on to earn
than alumni of other undergraduate colleges
Steinway grand pianos,
1,500 instruments of highest quality
in grants awarded to
students each year