Dr. Kathleen Carter Bell


Tennessee State University Nashville music faculty Dr. Kathleen Carter Bell
A passionate educator and performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire, Dr. Kathleen Carter Bell currently serves as Instructor of Oboe and English Horn at Tennessee State University, as well as the oboe faculty for Indiana University’s Summer Music Clinic. Prior to moving to the Nashville area, Kathleen served for three years as Lecturer in Oboe and English Horn at Auburn University, a position which encompassed studio instruction, as well as teaching reed-making, coaching various chamber groups, including the double reed ensemble, and teaching Music Appreciation. Dr. Bell has given masterclasses and presentations across the country and represented Indiana University at Seoul National University’s 2019 Chamber Music Festival. Kathleen spent summer 2022 serving as the Oboe Teaching Fellow at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where she premiered Tikka by Indian-American composer Nina Shakhar. Her trio, Elicio Winds (flute, oboe, bassoon), has been awarded several grants, including: an Alabama State Council on the Arts grant to commission five woodwind trio pieces (several of which were performed at the 2021 CMS National Conference in Rochester, NY); a Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities outreach collaborative project; and a SEC Travel Grant to present a chamber recital and masterclass at the University of Arkansas. Elicio Winds will be the featured chamber ensemble for a week-long Spring 2023 residency in Montgomery, AL which will include recitals and outreach initiatives. Recent conference performances include the National Flute Association (Chicago) and International Double Reed Society (Boulder). An advocate of new music, Kathleen will premiere several works she recently commissioned including Together Apart by Indian-American composer Meera Gudipati and Byzantion I for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano by Afro-British composer Althea Talbot-Howard.

Fascinated by the interdisciplinary arts and music’s place within the broader context of art and culture, her current research interests include how the ancient Greek aulos influenced Wagner’s use of the oboe in his operas. Kathleen earned her DM, MM, and PD degrees from Indiana University and 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.”