An advocate of contemporary music and works by women composers, she has had nearly twenty oboe pieces dedicated to her by such composers as Libby Larsen, Joan Tower and Rhian Samuel. Her solo recital tours of music by American women have been presented to audiences across the USA and Canada, as well as in Europe, Scandinavia, and the former Soviet Union.
Also active as a critic and writer, Dr. Libby’s study of music by women has led to numerous research grants and awards, and her articles have been published in Women of Note Quarterly, The International League of Women Composer’s Journal, The Double Reed, Journal of the International Double Reed Society, and the Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers and the forthcoming New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
Before joining the faculty of SMSU, Dr. Libby taught double reeds at Montana State University-Billings and Rocky Mountain College. She is currently principal oboe of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra under Apo Hsu, and serves on the faculty of the Missouri Fine Arts Academy.
Selected review of her playing include . . . a beautiful palette of sounds . . . (Free Ukraine News); . . . handled the sparkling tunes with panache . . . (Springfield News-Leader); The public enjoyed her as well as they enjoyed her music . . . (The Neubrandenburg Rundschau); The oboe soloist, Cynthia Green , played virtuosically . . . (The New York Times); . . . fantastic clarity and sparkle . . . (The Great Falls Tribune); . . . a sprightly tone, precisely played . . . (The Billings Gazette).
Peter Collins is Coordinator of the Keyboard Area at Southwest Missouri State University. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Michigan. He has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Ozark Festival for the Performing Arts, and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy.
Peter Collins has won awards in several national and international piano competitions, including first prize in the 1984 Washington International Piano Competition and second place in the 1984 American Chopin Competition. In the 1985 University of Maryland International Competition, he was awarded the Maurice Hinson Prize for his performance of the commissioned work by John Cage.
His research and interpretation of nineteenth-century piano music of his native city of New Orleans has led to appearances in concert at the national convention of the American Musicological Society and on the award-winning National Public Radio series Créole Cameos. He served as musical editor for the book Female Suffrage Songs by Frances Wolff (Springfield, MO: Denlinger’s Publishers, Ltd., 1998).
The performance of American Music is only one of his varied interests. In addition, he has performed the sonata cycles of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad, most recently in Poland as guest artist at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and as soloist with the orchestra of Jelenia Góra. His extensive experience as a collaborative pianist has also resulted in compact disc recordings on the Albany, Centaur, and Hester Park labels.