Caroline Giassi, a native New Yorker, began playing music at the age of three with a Cracker Jack box as a violin. Eventually, she graduated to a real, wooden instrument, and later switched to the modern oboe. She started playing historical oboes during her graduate studies at the Yale School of Music where she was the first (and only) wind player to join the Yale Baroque Ensemble. As a principal oboist with Juilliard415, she has performed in Japan, Singapore, France, England, and throughout the United States with such conductors as William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, Jordi Savall, and Monica Huggett.
Also passionate about teaching and getting young students excited about music, Caroline taught through the Music in Schools initiative at Yale, working with music students enrolled in New Haven public schools and is currently teaching music appreciation to second grade students at P.S 84 as a Morse Teaching Artist through Juilliard’s outreach program. She has also served on faculty at the Lake Luzerne Music Center, the music summer camp where she first picked up the oboe as a middle school student. Caroline earned degrees in comparative literature and performance from the University of Michigan and continued graduate work at Yale. She has recently completed a second master’s degree at The Juilliard School as a full-tuition scholarship student in Historical Performance. Her principal teachers include Gonzalo Ruiz, Stephen Taylor, and Nancy Ambrose King with secondary recorder studies with Nina Stern. This summer she will play with Les Arts Florissants at the annual summer festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie in Thrié, France.