Libby Van Cleve


2014                               Oboe Unbound: Contemporary Techniques, Revised Edition. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield.

2005                               Composers’ Voices from Ives to Ellington. Book with two CDs. Co-authored by Vivian Perlis. New Haven: Yale University Press.

2004                               Oboe Unbound: Contemporary Techniques. Book with one CD. Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.



2020                               Introductory essay for Experimentalism & Metaphysics, by Rosa McElheny, private publication in celebration of OHAM’s 50th anniversary

                                           “Jacqueline Leclair: Music for English Horn Alone”, in the double reed, Volume 43, number 4

2017                               Introductory essay for Ode to Jazz, art by Sigrun Mueller, blurb publication

2016                               The Ben Verdery Guitar Project: On Vineyard Sound Liner notes for album, Elm City Records.

2015                               “Major Musical Artists Documented by OHAM”, in nota bene, Volume XXX, Number 1, Spring 2015.

2012                               “The Latest from Oral History of American Music”, in nota bene, Volume XXVIII, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2012.

                                           “Speaking of Music and the Counterpoint of Copyright: Addressing Legal Concerns in Making Oral History Available to the Public,” Co-authored with Jeremy Beck. In Oral History Association Newsletter Spring 2012, Volume XLVI, Number 1. Reprinted from Duke Law & Technology Review, 2011.

                                           “Jo Ha Kyu”: Essay for Innova 4 CD set: The Eleanor Hovda Collection; Music by Hovda.

2011                               “Speaking of Music and the Counterpoint of Copyright: Addressing Legal Concerns in Making Oral History Available to the Public,” Co-authored with Jeremy Beck. In Duke Law & Techology Reviews. 005--2011.

2010                               “Educator of the Year: Vivian Perlis”, in Musical America Worldwide, 2011 Edition.

2009                               “September Canons”: Liner Notes for New World Records CD, Music by Ingram Marshall

2008                               “Drastic Measures: New Chamber Music by Fred Cohen, Edward Diemente, and Bill Douglas”, in The Double Reed, Vol. 31, No. 4

                                           “Charles Ives, Connecticut’s Compelling, Confounding Composer”, in Hog River Journal Vol. 6 No. 4, Fall 2008

                                           “Oral History of American Music Becomes part of the Yale Library”, in nota bene, Volume XXIII, Number 2, Fall 2008.

2007                               “Drastic Measures: New Oboe Music by Mary Jane Leach”, in The Double Reed, Vol. 30, No. 1

                                           “Drastic Measures: New Oboe Music by Elliott Schwartz”, in The Double Reed, Vol. 30, No. 4

                                           “Object Lesson: The manuscript found in a closet”, in Yale Alumni Magazine, January/February 2007. Co-authored with Vivian Perlis.

                           “Oral History of American Music Posts First Podcast”, in nota bene, Volume XXII, Number 2, Fall 2007.

2006                               “Drastic Measures: Music of Ingram Marshall”, in The Double Reed, Vol. 29, No. 4

                                           “Drastic Measures: New Oboe Music by Bill Douglas”, in The Double Reed, Vol. 29, No. 1

2005                               Feynman by Jack Vees: program notes for Yale production at The Kitchen, NYC

                                           “Drastic Measures: New Oboe Music”, in The Double Reed, Vol. 28, No. 4

2003                               “A Bach Kaleidoscope: Anecdotes from the Stage and Studio”. Essay for program book, Bach Festival, Sydney Grammar School, Sydney Australia

1990                               "Suggestions for the Performance of Berio's Sequenza VII ", in The Double Reed, Vol. 13,

                                                           No. 3,Winter 1990

Described as "expert" by the Washington Post, "dazzling" by the San Francisco Chronicle, and "absolutely exquisite” by Paris Transatlantic, Libby Van Cleve's most extreme moniker was from the Hartford Courant which dubbed her "the double reed queen of the new music world." Libby Van Cleve is recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of chamber and contemporary music for the oboe. Her solo playing is featured on the New Albion, CRI, Aerial, and Centrediscs CD labels. Her solo English horn and oboe d'amore performances are featured on the internationally acclaimed New Albion CD "Dark Waters," music by Ingram Marshall. Compact discs featuring her solo and chamber playing have been released on the Tzadik, New World, OODisc, Braxton House, What Next?, CRI and Artifacts labels. Numerous compositions have been written for her and have been commissioned by organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Connecticut Commission for the Arts, Canada Council, and Minnesota Composers Forum. Ms. Van Cleve has received grants for the performance and recording of new works from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Minnesota Composers Forum, Jerome Foundation, and North West Area Foundation. She has been awarded residencies at the Yellow Springs Artist Colony and the Banff Centre, and she won the prestigious Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize. Ms. Van Cleve is the author of Oboe Unbound, a book on contemporary oboe techniques published by Rowman and Littlefield Press. She is co-author, along with Vivian Perlis, of the award-winning book/CD publication, Composers' Voices from Ives to Ellington, Yale University Press. She is the editor of the newly published Six Suites by J.S. Bach in a version for solo oboe published by T.D. Ellis Music Publishing and available through and

Ms. Van Cleve received her DMA from Yale School of Music, her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and her BA, Magna cum Laude, from Bowdoin College. She is the oboe teacher at Connecticut College and Wesleyan University, and her former teachers have included Ronald Roseman, Allan Vogel, and Basil Reeve. Complementing her work as a performer, Ms. Van Cleve works as the Director of Yale’s Oral History of American Music, a substantial archive of interviews with American composers and jazz figures.

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