Lauded for her “warmly phrased” playing (Classical Voice of North Carolina), Carly Gordon is an oboist, English horn player, writer, educator, and arts administrator active throughout South Florida and Canada. She currently performs as a member of the Palm Beach Symphony and Florida Grand Opera orchestras.

In past seasons, Carly has performed professionally with the Rochester Bach Festival, VOICES Chamber Orchestra, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, and Gulfshore Opera. An avid chamber musician, Carly is a founding member of the Downwind Quintet, a Montreal-based ensemble dedicated to contemporary music and interdisciplinary performance.

Specializing in new music, Carly has premiered dozens of solo, chamber, and orchestral works by emerging composers, and has held residencies with the Toronto Creative Music Lab and Labo de musique contemporaine de Montréal. From 2016-2017, she served as the Performance Research Assistant on “Analyzing 21st-century musique mixte,” a Canadian Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Project, through which her research focused on exploring paths toward electroacoustic music pedagogy.

In 2017 and 2018, Carly completed consecutive summer residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, where her tenure included the “awe-inspiring” debut (Calgary Herald) of a new production of Claude Vivier’s experimental Canadian chamber opera Kopernikus, in which the orchestra performed with full memorization, staging, costuming, and choreography alongside the vocal cast. Carly looks forward to reprising this role with Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre in April 2019.

As a writer, Carly completed a Public Relations internship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in 2015. She now writes as a contributor for Schmopera.com; blogs at Classical Conditioning; and works as a copywriter for Miami-based communications firm theAOinsight, serving a roster of local arts and social service nonprofit clients. Carly is especially dedicated to collaborating with early-career musicians, and freelances designing customized publicity and marketing materials for emerging artists. An easygoing, innovative collaborator both on stage and behind the scenes, Carly is passionate about blending research, storytelling, and new media with creative performance.

Carly completed her undergraduate degree in Oboe Performance at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Richard Killmer, with additional Baroque oboe studies under Geoffrey Burgess. At the same time, she pursued a dual-degree in Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, concentrating on psycholinguistics and graduating magna cum laude. In 2017, she completed a Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, studying under Jacqueline Leclair.

Just for fun

  • Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
  • Current Netflix obsession: The Crown
  • Hidden talent: Baking the best banana bread. Also — apparently — alliteration.
  • Weirdest day job: Caring for thousands of mice at a cancer research center
  • When I’m not practicing, I’m… working on my novel.

Oboe stuff

I play a Lorée AK oboe (R series) named Octavian, and a 1974 Rigoutat English horn named Penelope. I make reeds using Rigotti cane, a Ross gouge, Sierra tubes, and a Coelho shaper tip. My lucky thread color is forest green.