Dr. Kathryn Pisaro is active as an oboist and a music historian. A recipient of a B.M. in oboe performance from DePaul University and a performance certificate from California Institute of the Arts, she has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ray Charles, Garth Brooks, the Moody Blues, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, among many others, and in dozens of Broadway musicals. Reviews have described Dr. Pisaro’s playing as “masterful” and “a many-splendored serenade to joy.” A specialist in 20th century music, she has had over fifty pieces written for her. She can be heard on Edition Wandelweiser, Leisure Planet, Plate Tec Tonic and City Lights record labels.
As a musiciologist, Dr. Pisaro received a PhD in music history from Northwestern University in 2002 with a dissertation on Experimental Music in Britain in the 1960s and 70s. Her writings can be found in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition, the Journal of the International Double Reed Society, the New Dictionary in the History of Ideas, Sieten and Musicworks. She had presented papers at dozens of international conferences, including the International Musicology Conference in Leuven, the 3rd Biennial International Conference on 20th Century Music, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the Society for American Music National Conference at the University of Arizona, and the Experience Music Project Pop Conference in Seattle. She has taught at Northwestern University, DePaul University, Judson College, Ventura College before coming to California Institute of the Arts.