Department of Music

Kathleen Carter Bell

Kathleen Carter Bell

214 Goodwin Music Building

Whether in lessons, reed-making sessions, or masterclasses, Dr. Kathleen Carter Bell--Auburn's Lecturer in Oboe and English Horn—equips students to become vibrant and independent musicians. Her systematic approach to the oboe studio’s curriculum focuses on oboe fundamentals, the major oboe repertoire, orchestral excerpts, reed-making, and audition techniques, enabling students to convey musical ideas effectively.

Kathleen has a great passion for performing. She has played with orchestras across country, including the Indianapolis and Huntsville Symphonies, at summer music festivals including Brevard, Banff, and MasterWorks, and is a founding member of the Elicio Winds and the Aether Reed Quintet. In 2019, Kathleen was chosen to be the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music representative to the Seoul National University Winter Chamber Music Festival in South Korea.

Dr. Carter earned her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University, where she studied with Linda Strommen and Roger Roe. She also received her Masters and Performer Diploma in Oboe Performance from IU, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, with Jeffrey Rathbun of the Cleveland Orchestra. In addition to teaching oboe at AU and maintaining a private studio, she serves as oboe instructor for the IU Summer Music Clinic. One of her research areas focuses on the ancient Greek aulos’s influence on Wagner’s use of the oboe in his operas. This fascination with the interdisciplinary arts and music’s place within the broader context of art and culture drives Kathleen’s programming and outreach initiatives. Dr. Carter was one of six graduate recipients of the 2012 Barbara and David H. Jacobs Fellowship, granted for “excellence and leadership in the world of music."

Last Updated: June 14, 2021