Carly Gordon is an oboist and writer based in South Florida. Lauded for her “warmly phrased” playing (Classical Voice of North Carolina), she currently serves as Second Oboe in the Palm Beach Symphony and Florida Grand Opera Orchestra.

In past seasons, Carly has performed professionally with the Rochester Bach Festival, VOICES Chamber Orchestra, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, and Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Carly is a founding member of the Downwind Quintet (downwindquintet.ca), a Montreal-based chamber ensemble dedicated to contemporary music and interdisciplinary 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 and playing as a member of the McGill Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Baroque Orchestra.

Specializing in new music, Carly has premiered dozens of works by emerging composers as part of the Toronto Creative Music Lab, Labo de musique contemporaine de Montréal, McGill Association of Student Composers, and Eastman Composers’ Forum. From 2016-2017, she served as the Performance Research Assistant on the Canadian Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Project “Analyzing 21st-century musique mixte,” exploring paths toward electroacoustic music pedagogy. In the Summer of 2017, Carly completed a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity as part of the Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century program, memorizing and performing Claude Viver’s experimental Canadian chamber opera Kopernikus in a thrilling, brand-new production that was hailed by the Calgary Herald as “awe-inspiring.”

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 The AO Insight, serving a roster of local arts and social service non-profit clients. Carly is especially dedicated to collaborating with early-career musicians, and freelances designing customized publicity materials for emerging artists, including program notes, web copy, and press kits. An easygoing, innovative collaborator both on stage and behind the scenes, Carly is passionate about blending research, storytelling, and new media with creative performance.

Just for fun

  • Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
  • Current Netflix obsession: Burn Notice
  • 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 make reeds using Rigotti cane, a Ross gouge, Sierra tubes, and a Coelho shaper tip. My lucky thread color is lime green.