James Caldwell was Professor of Oboe at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music for many years and trained many of the profession’s leading oboists. He earned his diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with John de Lancie. His performance career included serving as principal oboist of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Symphony and the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia. As a chamber musician he performed with the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, the Oberlin Woodwind Quintet and the Soni Vetorum Quintet. He was a founder of the Washington Consort of Viols and made frequent appearances at the Smithsonian Institution.