Dr. Caroline Sonett-Assor has performed on the stages of several of the world’s great concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher (David Geffen) Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and enjoys an active career as a performer, educator and higher education administrator. Caroline currently serves as the Student Success Advisor at Mannes School of Music at The New School, providing comprehensive academic and career counseling to Mannes' undergraduate student population. Until July, Caroline served as the Director of Graduate Advising and Services at the Eastman School of Music and the Adjunct Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Buffalo.
She has previously been featured on the McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase, and is a dedicated chamber musician, performing internationally with her flute/viola/harp ensemble, Trio Alexander. Caroline has been featured as soloist with both the Miami Chamber Orchestra and the Columbia University Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto, K. 313. She has performed with Slee Sinfonietta, the Bronx Opera Company, Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, the Eastman Philharmonia, the Columbia University Orchestra, and the New York Youth Symphony. Additionally, Caroline spent two years engaged with the New York Philharmonic’s subsidiary program “Very Young Composers,” playing alongside members of the New York Philharmonic.
Caroline has held chamber music fellowships at the Talis Festival and Academy in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, the Norfolk Music Festival Chamber Music Session and New Music Workshop (2015), and at the Atlantic Music Festival (2013). She has also attended the Domaine Forget International Festival in Quebec, Eastern Music Festival, Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival in Germany, and the Brevard International Music Festival. She has performed in masterclasses presented by William Bennett, Andreas Blau, Jasmine Choi, Robert Dick, Marianne Gedigian, Emmanuel Pahud, Keith Underwood and Carol Wincenc. A passionate educator, Caroline has served as adjunct Woodwinds Instructor at Alfred University, teaching secondary lessons and chamber music. As a teaching assistant at Eastman, she has taught secondary flute lessons, flute methods for music education majors, and flute doubling for undergraduate jazz majors. Caroline has given masterclasses and held residencies at Gettysburg College, Kent State University, Alfred University, and Eastman Community Music School. She is currently on the faculty of The Kanack Community Music School and the University of Buffalo.
Caroline holds a specialization in Arts Administration in conjunction with University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business. She has held several arts management roles in operations, marketing, and artistic planning, including the position of House Manager at the Eastman School of Music and President of the Columbia University Orchestra. Her roles at 21C Media Group, The College Music Society, and the MostArts Festival have resulted in the recommendation and implementation of key digital marketing strategies for a variety of clients. Additionally, she has been a writer for The Eastman Case Studies, a publication by Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership that examines issues and challenges facing arts organizations.
Caroline completed her Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music in Flute Performance and Literature from The Eastman School of Music as a student of Bonita Boyd. She received a BA in Music from Columbia University. Previous teachers have included Nicholas Duchamp, Jeanne Baxtresser, Soo-Kyung Park, and Carla Auld.