Assistant Principal Oboe & English Horn
Assistant Principal Oboe and English Horn, Carole Libelo, is a longtime resident of the DC area. She has performed with many area orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Post Classical Ensemble, Wolf Trap Foundation Orchestra, and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. She has been a member of The George Washington University faculty since 2005.
Before moving to DC, Ms. Libelo received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Virginia University and a Master of Music in Performance from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she studied with the late Alfred Genovese. While living in Boston, she was guest Principal Oboist with the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra. In her early years in the DC area she was Principal Oboe with the National Gallery of Art Orchestra and the Virginia Chamber Orchestra. She also appeared as soloist with both orchestras, garnering reviews such as, “Carole Libelo played oboe and English Horn exquisitely,” with “well-shaped and articulated lines.” (Washington Post)
Of Ms. Libelo’s many performances with the KCOHO, the Washington National Opera’s production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde was one of her most memorable. She performed the hauntingly beautiful English Horn solo to enthusiastic reviews by the Washington Post and Opera News:
“Carole Libelo played the long and crucial English Horn solo at the beginning of Act III with just the right mixture of easy lyricism and sinister intent.” (Washington Post)
“Carole Libelo offered a beautiful, lyrically phrased English Horn solo in Act III.” (Opera News)