Carin Miller Packwood is the principal bassoonist of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her recent move to Portland, Ms. Packwood held principal bassoon positions with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, New World Symphony, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and received fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center in 2002 and 2003. 

A native of Queens, N.Y., she began her music studies on piano and bassoon at the Queens College Preparatory Program. While attending the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts she held the position of principal bassoon with the New York Youth Symphony and was twice the recipient of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Young Artist Award.  

During her undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School of Music, Ms. Packwood trained with teachers Frank Morelli and Whitney Crockett, participating simultaneously for several years with the innovative and energetic Wild Ginger Philharmonic. She then continued her studies under their teacher, Stephen Maxym, to complete an Advanced Certificate at the University of Southern California and performed as principal bassoon in the Young Musician Foundation's Debut Orchestra. Ms. Packwood completed her Master of Music degree at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music with pedagogue Benjamin Kamins and has since coached with Wilfred Roberts of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

An active chamber musician, Ms. Packwood has performed with the St. Augustine Music Festival, the New York Kammermusiker, the Fountain Chamber Music Society, and the Bloomsday Quintet in New York; the Strata Winds in Houston; and at the Banff Centre of the Arts in Canada as well as presenting a chamber music recital at the International Double Reed Society Conference in 2006.

Ms. Packwood has a strong interest in teaching and previously held positions as adjunct professor at the University of North Florida and Centenary College in addition to her private studio. She has a great love of the outdoors and is happy to pursue hobbies of hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and skiing in her beautiful new surroundings.
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