Marissa Olegario is known for her compelling and personality-driven performances. She enjoys an active and diverse performance schedule as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Marissa has appeared in concerts at Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall), Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center and has performed under conductors such as James Conlon, John Adams, Peter Oundjin, Rafael Payere and Leonard Slatkin. As an avid pit performer, Marissa has performed in productions including Puccini's La Boheme and Madame Butterfly, Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Verdi's La Traviata, as well as the world premiere of Derrick Wang's American comic opera Scalia/Ginsberg. In an effort to marry a variety of art forms, Marissa has collaborated with the Martha Graham Dance Company in a production of The Rite of Spring, performed film scores including Jeff Beal's original score to Buster Keaton's silent film The General, and partnered with Dance for Parkinson's to provide live music for people suffering from Parkinson's disease.
She was a semi-finalist for the 2016 Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind Competition and was recognized as a recipient of the Yale School of Music Alumni Prize. Marissa enjoys an eclectic chamber career having performed at the Phoenix Chamber Society Winter Series and the Norfolk Chamber Festival. She actively subs with the acclaimed Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet and will appear on a Naxos produced album with leading artists including David Shifrin, Stephen Taylor, Frank Morelli, and William Purvis, featuring Beethoven’s serenades for winds to be released in 2020.
Passionate about arts education, Marissa instructs a private studio, teaches in schools and presents masterclasses across the United States. She is experienced in teaching all levels and ages and currently has openings in her private studio in the New York City area. Feel free to inquire about rates through the Contact Me page.
Marissa's interests extend to assuming leadership roles in arts entrepreneurship in order to cultivate innovative ways for promoting and preserving classical music. In 2015, she managed the Bringing Music to Life project which promoted the music of J.S. Bach to audiences across Australia including in schools, public spaces, and through a partnership with Dance with Parkinson's.
Marissa is recognized as the 2017/2018 Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Bassoon Fellow. Through this fellowship, she gains performance experience as well as exposure across all core operating functions of a professional chamber orchestra. Visit her upcoming events page to see where she will appear next.
Currently based in Brooklyn, Marissa enjoys a healthy freelance career while pursuing her D.M.A. with Frank Morelli at Stony Brook University. She received her M.M. from the Yale School of Music and received her B.M. from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Christopher Millard and Lewis Kirk. In her free time Marissa enjoys solo traveling, practicing yoga, long hikes, being outdoors and enjoying the company of loved ones.