Oboist Fiona Last received the prestigious Julliard Morse Teaching Artist Fellow for a partnership between S’Cool Sounds and the Washington Heights Choir School, where she teaches recorder. Originally trained as a linguist, Fiona aims to explore as many musical languages as possible and is always seeking new instruments to play and new musical idioms through which to communicate. Her interest in the communicative possibilities of music and its ability to encourage empathy, introspection, and social cohesion are at the core of her teaching.
Fiona is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Historical Performance with Gonzalo X. Ruiz at The Juilliard School. She received her M.M. and B.M. degrees in oboe performance from the Yale School of Music and Temple University, respectively. Fiona also holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Arabic and Ethnomusicology from The School of Oriental and African Studies in London, during which time she spent a year in Syria studying at the University of Damascus. She was born and raised in England.