Carol Zeisler, Oboe

Faculty at Old Dominion University


Carol Zeisler is a well-known name in music education as a teacher, clinician, adjudicator, performer, camp coach and private instructor. She is on call to fellow teachers as a mentor and a friend to those interested in working with young musicians. She is frequently invited to assist fellow teachers with the daunting task of starting or switching students to the oboe. She presented an Oboe Clinic at the 2019 Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference.

She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where she teaches Woodwind Methods and makes sure future instrumental teachers have some time and experience playing both the oboe and the bassoon. She is also an active performer and the Principal Oboist for the Virginia Wind Symphony, a position she has held for 26 years. She maintains a strong private oboe studio with young students from the southeastern region of Virginia.

Carol holds her Master of Music in Oboe Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Bachelor of Music Education from Old Dominion University, graduating with honors from both institutions. She was a middle school band director in the Portsmouth City Schools and the Norfolk City Schools, teaching for 30 years and receiving both Teacher of the Year and Inspirational Teacher Award for music teachers in the Norfolk Public Schools. She was a group leader for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Program in Twin Lake Michigan. Carol comes from a family of musicians, as both her mother and grandfather were bandleaders.

Carol Zeisler, Oboe