Caris Visentin is an oboist, English hornist and composer. She began her oboe studies with Thomas C. Heinze, (former student of John de Lancie, Philadelphia Orchestra). She attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1979-1980 where she was a jazz performance major on oboe. During this time she was also the recipient of Berklee’s Faculty Association Award received in recognition of outstanding participation in the Berklee College of Music Concert Series. In 1981 she moved to New York and enrolled at New York University, receiving her B.S. in Jazz Composition in 1984. She has been the leader of her own jazz groups in both Boston and NYC which have featured her original compositions for oboe and English horn in a contemporary jazz setting.
Caris has studied with Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Joe Viola, George Garzone, Steve Prosser, Harvey Diamond, Jim McNeely, Bob Mintzer and Charlie Banacos. She has recorded with saxophonist David Liebman on Homage to Coltrane; Trio + 1; Timeline; Classique; Miles Away (all Owl Records), Natural Selection –feat. Quest (Evidence Music), Puccini: A Walk in the Clouds (Arkadia), Conversation (Sunnyside) as well as with drummer Billy Hart on his CD Rah (Grammavision). Her compositions can be heard on numerous recordings including Jamey Aebersold’s publication and CD Contemporary Standards and Originals Vol.81.
In addition to performing, she also teaches composition and ear training (privately and as a guest lecturer) as well as private oboe instruction and reed making. She was the owner of Caris Music Copy, a music manuscript preparation service, in NYC from 1984-1986 and is the owner of Caris Music Services, since 1989 to the present, which serves primarily as a distributor of educational European jazz publications.