Gabrielle Castriotta teaches oboe and english horn in Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, including college level. Active as a performer and educator throughout California, Gabrielle holds the utility oboe and English horn position with the Stockton Symphony and is on faculty at the University of California Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She performs with the San Diego Symphony, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, the San Bernardino Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, and the Fresno Philharmonic, and she maintains a private oboe studio. In Los Angeles, she coaches double reed sectionals at Paul Revere Middle School, teaches oboe through the Harmony Project, and has performed with kaleidoscope chamber orchestra, the Salastina Music Society, WildUp, and in recording sessions. She previously served as a Teaching Artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and held a one-year position as second oboe and English horn for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season. She has also worked as an oboe coach at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, and has taught middle school wind ensemble at Crossroads School in Santa Monica.
A native of Connecticut and a graduate of St. John’s School in Houston, TX, Gabrielle attended Northwestern University. There, her principal teachers were Scott Hostetler (English horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Michael Henoch (Assistant Principal Oboe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra). She studied additionally with Grover Schiltz and Ray Still. Gabrielle received both a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literary Studies, for which she wrote her senior thesis on the interaction between the text of the Finnish epic, The Kalevala, and the music of Jean Sibelius’s early symphonic work, Kullervo. While at Northwestern, Gabrielle also actively pursued music education involvement through her participation in the Partnerships Through the Arts program, which joined various Chicago performing arts groups to the Chicago public school system through students at Northwestern University.
Gabrielle continued her oboe studies with Allan Vogel at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where she received her Master of Music in Oboe Performance in 2008. While at USC, Gabrielle participated in the Thornton School’s Outreach Program. Gabrielle held the English horn position in both the Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony for four years and studied English horn with Carolyn Hove during that time.
Gabrielle has appeared as a soloist with the CalPoly Wind Ensemble in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Solo for Oboe and Military Band in 2016, as well as with the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival in Bach’s Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin in 2014. She has participated in the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater in 2015 and the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival 2014-2016. Previously, she has performed at the Music Academy of the West as a guest artist, as well as the the Banff Centre Master Classes for Winds, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Youth Orchestra of the America‘s tour of South America, as well as Domaine Forget and the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival. She has participated in master classes and coachings with Nicholas Daniel, Stephen Taylor, Ariana Ghez, Bert Lucarelli, Thomas Stacy, Alex Klein, Elaine Douvas, Ted Baskin, David Weiss, and Joel Timm.