Carole Libelo

Carole Libelo

Phillips Hall B-141
Phone: 202-994-9047

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Carole Libelo, is the Assistant Principal Oboe and Solo English Horn of the John F. Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. In this position, she performs for the Washington National Opera, Kennedy Center Productions, international ballet companies, Millennium Stage Concerts, and for nationally touring musicals such as Wicked, My Fair Lady, and Mary Poppins. Professor Libelo has been a guest artist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 

Locally, Ms. Libelo has appeared as a soloist with the National Gallery of Art Orchestra and the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, and she was a founding member of the National Gallery of Art Chamber Players. She performs regularly with the Post Classical Ensemble, the Wolf Trap Foundation Orchestra, and the St. Mary’s River Concert Series Music Festival.

Professor Libelo can be heard on the MSR Classics record label, and on numerous film documentary soundtracks, including the PBS documentary, On Hallowed Ground; Dreamer, a biographical documentary about the life of C.S. Lewis; the 2009 documentary Bedford: The Town They Left Behind; and the feature film My Father’s Will. She can also be heard on the newly recorded soundtracks of Virgil Thompson’s original scores for the 1930’s films, The River and The Plow that Broke the Plains, and on Aaron Copland’s The City, a remake of the 1939 soundtrack, composed for that year’s World’s Fair. Recently she performed the hauntingly beautiful backstage English Horn solo in the Washington National Opera’s 2013 production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Professor Libelo was a student of the legendary Alfred Genovese.


Bachelor of Science in Music Education, West Virginia University, 1978
Master of Music in Performance, New England Conservatory, 1980