Credo launches 17th music festival

Courtesy photo Peter Slowik leads young Credo musicians. Hear this year’s performers July 4 at Stull Hall.

If it’s summer in Oberlin, it’s time for a hundred of the finest young performers from around the world to gather for the Credo music program, an intense three-week session of chamber music study, performance, and service to the community.

Now in its 17th season, the program was created by Oberlin Conservatory professor Peter Slowik to challenge talented young classical musicians to develop compassion and empathy alongside development of technique and artistry.

Credo’s alumni are taking the classical music world by storm – recent achievements include an Avery Fisher Career Grant and appointments to first-desk positions in the Indianapolis and Utah symphonies.

The student musicians of Credo will present several dozen free concerts during their residency.

Their “home” series begins with performances at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at Stull Hall on the Oberlin Conservatory campus and continues the next two weekends at the Conservatory.

On Thursdays, the students leave the campus to take music all over Northeast Ohio — to hospitals, retirement centers, early childhood centers, and inner city Boys and Girls clubs.

Faculty will present two concerts: the first on Friday , July 10 and the second (combining with the Fry Street String Quartet) on Tuesday, July 14. Both will begin at 7 p.m. at Kulas Hall.

For a complete list of Credo concerts, call 440-774-3658 or visit

Of special note will be the presentation of the complete “Brandenburg Concerti” of Bach at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 26 at Severance Hall, Cleveland. Soloists from Juilliard, Oberlin, Indiana, Rice, and the Cleveland Institute of Music will perform these masterpieces at Reinberger Chamber Hall. Ticket information available through the Severance Hall box office at 216-231-1111 or online at

The Credo festival is made possible by grants from Arts Midwest, the Community Foundation of Lorain County, and the Ohio Arts Council.