Dr. Kathleen Carter Bell, Auburn University’s Lecturer in Oboe and English Horn, is a passionate performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. Kathleen has played with orchestras and summer festivals across the country, and is a founding member of the Elicio Winds and the Aether Reed Quintet. In 2019, she was chosen to represent Indiana University at Seoul National University's 2019 Winter Chamber Music Festival in South Korea and the Elicio Winds recently performed at the College Music Society’s National Conference in Rochester, NY. 

As a teacher, Kathleen equips students to become vibrant musicians through a methodical and personalized approach to the oboe studio’s curriculum. Kathleen has given masterclasses and presentations across the country and serves as oboe instructor for the IU Summer Music Clinic in addition to maintaining a private studio. Kathleen is also the oboe clinician for the Double Talk Workshop, an initiative for music educators which emphasizes the “how-to” of teaching double reed fundamentals, strives to give ensemble directors hands-on time playing the oboe and bassoon, and discusses important double reed resources necessary for student success.

Kathleen earned her Doctor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Indiana University and holds minors in Music History and Art History. Additionally, she received her MM and PD degrees from IU, and a BM degree from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Linda Strommen, Roger Roe, Jeffrey Rathbun, and Holly White. 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 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.” 

When not playing the oboe, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her husband, bassoonist Conor Bell, traveling, reading and painting.