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Shiela Kibbe

Shiela Kibbe, piano

Shiela Kibbe chairs the Collaborative Piano Department at Boston University’s School of Music. Hailed by Richard Dyer in the Boston Globe as a “superb collaborative pianist,” Ms. Kibbe enjoys an international career as recital partner to instrumentalists and vocalists, concertizing throughout the United States and Europe, and also in China, Japan, and Russia.

Ms. Kibbe may be heard in recordings with Terry Everson on Albany Records (In the Style Of), baritone Stephen Salters on Qualiton Records (Cyprès label), and the John Oliver Chorale on Koch. She has premiered works by Howard Frazin, Daniel Pinkham, Elena Ruehr, Julian Wachner, and John Wallace, and has been a guest artist for the Eastern Trombone Workshop, Florestan Recital Project, National Trumpet Competition, International Trombone Association, Naumburg Vocal Competition, and WordSong.

Notable performances have been lauded at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany, Bunkamura in Tokyo, Japan, Conservatoire à rayonnement régional in Paris, France, Jordan Hall and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and the Music Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

For several years, she was rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus and has served as principal keyboardist and vocal coach for the Symphony and Opera Association in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and as pianist for the Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, the Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet Seminars, and the International Suzuki Institute in Ithaca, New York.

Ms. Kibbe has worked in Master Class settings with students at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. the Butler School of Music, University of Texas, Austin, the Hartt School of Music, Hartford, CT, at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, at the University of Arizona, Tucson, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and at conservatories in Xi’an and Shenyang, China.

At Boston University, ahe coaches and performs annually with student winners of the Ellalou Dimmock Vocal Honors Award, as well as with faculty colleagues of the School of Music, including Penelope Bitzas, voice, Terry Everson, trumpet, Bayla Keyes, violin, Michelle LaCourse. viola, Don Lucas, trombone, and Eric Ruske, horn.  Graduates of her Boston University teaching studio have enjoyed staff pianist positions with the Aspen Music Festival, Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, College Light Opera Company, Eastern Music Festival, and Opera North, and have held apprenticeships at Virginia Opera, the Cafitz Young Artists Program at Washington National Opera, the San Francisco Merola Opera Program, and the Adler Fellows of the San Francisco Opera.

We welcome Ms. Kibbe to our Historical Piano Concerts.