Caroline Giassi, Oboe and Recorder
Caroline Giassi, a native New Yorker, began playing music at the age of three with a Cracker Jack box as a violin. She eventually graduated to a real, wooden instrument and later switched to the oboe. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in oboe performance at the University of Michigan, Caroline also earned a degree in comparative literature which fostered in her a love of approaching music in its original language, or, on its original instruments. This naturally led her to the world of performance practice and historical oboes as a graduate student at the Yale School of Music. At Yale, she was the first and only wind player to join the Yale Baroque Ensemble and continued her baroque oboe studies at The Juilliard School where she earned a second master’s degree, this time in historical performance.
As a freelancer, she has performed with early music ensembles such as The Sebastians, Handel + Haydn Society, Opera Lafayette, Boston Early Music Festival, Washington Bach Consort, New York Baroque Incorporated, Pegasus Early Music, and The English Concert. Caroline is also a dedicated educator and works with students of all ages. As a teaching artist for S’Cool Sounds, she teaches classroom recorder to 2nd graders in Brooklyn, NY. Additionally, she teaches baroque oboe and performance practice to undergraduate through doctoral students at The University of Michigan, where she is a continuing guest artist.