Shiela Kibbe


Associate Professor of Music, Piano; Chair, Keyboard


BM, Ithaca College; MM in Chamber Music and Accompanying, Temple University; MM in Piano Pedagogy, Temple University


855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 428


Shiela Kibbe is Chairman of the Keyboard Department. She enjoys an international career as recital partner to instrumentalists and vocalists alike, concertizing throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in China, Japan, and Russia. Ms. Kibbe has been hailed by Richard Dyer in the Boston Globe as an “authoritative pianist” and a “superb collaborative pianist.”

Shiela Kibbe may be heard in recordings with Courtney Miller, oboist – Centaur Records (Modern Fairy Tales), Terry Everson, trumpeter – Albany Records (In the Style Of), Stephen Salters, baritone – Qualiton Records (Cyprès label), and the John Oliver Chorale – Koch. She has premiered works by American composers Howard Frazin, Daniel Pinkham, Elena Ruehr, David Sisco, 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, Inc.

Notable performances have occurred at Jordan Hall and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – Boston, MA; Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall – New York, NY; Library of Congress – Washington, DC; Shenyang Conservatory of Music – Shenyang, CHINA; Conservatoire à rayonnement regional – Paris, FRANCE; Beethoven-Haus – Bonn, GERMANY; Suntory (Blue Rose) Hall – Tokyo, JAPAN; and Glinka Small Philharmonic Hall – St. Petersburg, RUSSIA.

For several years, Ms. Kibbe was rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus. She 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; Butler School of Music – Austin, TX; Hartt School of Music – Hartford, CT; Ithaca College School of Music – Ithaca, NY; Juilliard School of Music – New York, NY; Princeton University – Princeton, NJ; University of Arizona – Tucson; University of Massachusetts – Amherst; and conservatories in Xi’an and Shenyang, CHINA.

Graduates of Kibbe’s Boston University teaching studio continue to flourish in positions with academic and artistic organizations across the United States and in Asia.