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Libby Van Cleve
Libby Van Cleve
Born (1958-08-22) August 22, 1958 (age 63)
Director of Yale's Oral History of American Music
Jack Vees

Libby Van Cleve (born August 22, 1958) is an American oboist and Director of Yale University's Oral History of American Music.[1]

Education and personal life

Van Cleve has received the following degrees:

She currently resides in Guilford, Connecticut with husband Jack Vees, a composer and bassist, and their daughter Nola.[2]


Libby Van Cleve has recorded works of composers such as Anthony Braxton, Ingram Marshall, Jack Vees, and Eleanor Hovda on oboe, English horn, and oboe d'amore.[3] Through the 1990s, she also collaborated with the avant-garde and now inactive Nancy Meehan Dance Company many times.[4][5][6] Van Cleve currently teaches oboe at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and at Connecticut College in New London, CT.[3]

In 2004, Van Cleve published her first book, Oboe Unbound: Contemporary Techniques.[3] Composer Anthony Braxton said of the book: "The release of this book will extend the evolution and exploratory dimensions of creative oboe music. It is a must-have for any serious student of oboe music." In 2014, a revised edition was released. Prominent oboist Allan Vogel commented, "Oboe Unbound is inspiring comprehensive, and easy to learn from...I recommend it highly."[7] As a more recent project, Van Cleve has released the first three Bach Cello Suites, edited for oboe, through The Music Source, T.D. Ellis Music Publishing.[8]


Van Cleve began her work at the Oral History of American Music as assistant to the director in 1993 and in 2000, became associate director.[1] In 2004, Van Cleve spearheaded efforts which resulted in a $148,000 grant toward preserving OHAM's recordings from the Save America's Treasures initiative.[9] Her second book was published in 2005, Composers' Voices From Ives to Ellington, co-written with Vivian Perlis.[10] In 2006, the two co-authors received ASCAP's Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for their work.[11] In 2010, Libby Van Cleve succeeded Vivian Perlis as Director of the Oral History of American Music project.[1]

Selected discography

With Anthony Braxton
With Others


  1. ^ a b c "Vivian Perlis announces retirement from Oral History of American Music project". Yale School of Music Website. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "About; Personal Website". Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Hoffman, Hank (December 2010). "Oboist feasts on challenge, champions contemporary music". The Arts Paper. Arts Council of Greater New Haven.
  4. ^ Kisselgoff, Anna (29 March 1994). "Review/Dance; Experimental Works of Oblique Expression". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ Dunning, Jennifer (27 March 1995). "In Performance; Dance". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ Kisselgoff, Anna (31 March 1998). "DANCE REVIEW; Among the Mountains and Cracking Ice, Meditation with an Edge". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Oboe Unbound: Contemporary Techniques, Revised Edition". Rowman & Littlefield. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "T.D. Ellis Publishing". The Music Source. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Robinson, Dale (1 February 2004). "Granted, it's tough out there". New Haven Register.
  10. ^ Wise, Brian (13 November 2005). "The Flip Side of American Music". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "39th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Announced". The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "Life Field--Retrospective Selections". David Rosenboom personal website. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "The Eleanor Hovda Collection". Innova Recordings. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ Angarano, Tony (21 November 1993). "'Thousand Year Dreaming': bizarre, primitive, elegant". The Hartford Courant.
  15. ^ Ulrich, Allan (27 January 2002). "Marshall--Darkwaters; Holy Ghosts, Rave". San Francisco Chronicle.
  16. ^ "Jack Vees: Surf Music Again". New World Records. Retrieved 2016.

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