Caroline Sackleh
Caroline Sackleh


Dr. Caroline Sackleh (she/her) is an educator, performer, and new music advocate. She is the Founder and Director of New Downbeat – a new music collective whose mission is to present accessible, engaging, and diverse new music performances featuring women musicians and living composers. Rooted in a foundation of intersectional feminism, New Downbeat champions women musicians as an act of equity, and performs works written by living composers to collaborate on and create unique, never before heard pieces.

Caroline has performed with numerous orchestras across the United States, such as: the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Indiana Symphony, and the Dayton Philharmonic.

In the fall of 2021, she curated a panel at New Music Gathering alongside members of New Downbeat, entitled “Starting and Sustaining Your Collective”; which focused on financial limitations, concert curation, and sustaining long-term goals. In the spring of 2024, she will perform and present along New Downbeat at the University of Arkansas SHE: Festival; performing chamber works by living women composers and presenting on chamber music and community. And during the summer of 2024, she will travel to Dublin, Ireland with the “Friends in Low Places” quartet to premiere a work at Clarinet Fest for two bassoons and two bass clarinets by composer Brian Nabors.

As an active member of the new music community, Caroline has curated over 40 commissions and world premieres for solo instruments, duos, and chamber ensembles; and has performed over a dozen world premieres.

Caroline received her Doctorate in Bassoon Performance, with a cognate in Chamber Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Additionally, she received a Master’s degree from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; both in Bassoon Performance.

Much of her motivation and inspiration for creating and teaching music comes from her friendships, mother nature, and the desire to express emotions and connect with those who are listening.
Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Major Study 200 04 0000 - 0000
Major Study 200 04 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Major Study 200 04 1700 - 1750 M MI, room 229
Principal Study 201 04 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Principal Study 201 04 1700 - 1750 M MI, room 229
Secondary Study 202 04 0000 - 0000
Minor Study 203 04 0000 - 0000
Minor Study 203 04 1300 - 1350 M MI, room 104
Minor Study 203 04 1700 - 1750 M MI, room 229
Small Ensemble (Wood 430 04 0000 - 0000