Libby Van Cleve

Adjunct Associate Professor of Music

Joined Connecticut College: 1998

B.A., Bowdoin College
M.A., California Institute of the Arts
D.M.A., M.M.A., M.M., Yale School of Music



Libby Van Cleve, oboe teacher at Connecticut College,  Wesleyan University and Director of Yale’s Oral History of American Music, is recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of chamber and contemporary music for the oboe. 

Van Cleve has been described as "expert" by the Washington Post, "dazzling" by the San Francisco Chronicle, and "absolutely exquisite” by Paris Transatlantic. Van Cleve's most extreme epithet was from the Hartford Courant, which dubbed her "the double reed queen of the new music world."

She is the author of "Oboe Unbound," a book on contemporary oboe techniques published by Scarecrow Press and co-author of the award-winning book/CD publication, "Composers' Voices from Ives to Ellington," Yale University Press.

Van Cleve received her D.M.A. from Yale School of Music, her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Bowdoin College.

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Libby Van Cleve
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


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