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Dr. Cynthia Green Libby

Cynthia Green Libby






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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897 work


  • DMA, Eastman School of Music, Oboe Performance
  • MM, University of Michigan, Oboe Performance
  • BMA, University of Michigan, Music History/Musicology


  • MUS 103 Theory and Musicianship I
  • MUS 104 Theory and Musicianship II
  • MUS 142 Flute and Double Reed Techniques and Skills for the Music Educator
  • MUS 155-655 Applied Oboe
  • MUS 239 Introduction to World Music
  • MUS 309 Introduction to Music and Healing
  • MUS 399 Special Topics: Women in Music
  • MUS 172-672 Double Reed Ensemble (Small Ensemble)

Research and professional interests

  • The history and performance of music by women composers
  • The history and performance of ethnic and early double reed instruments
  • The history and performance of music for healing and its impact on empathy development in students.

Cynthia Green Libby serves as professor of oboe at Missouri State University, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, and as principal oboe of the Springfield (MO) Symphony Orchestra. She studied at the Hochschule fuer Musik in West Berlin, the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Canada and earned a DMA and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. A Michigan native, she also earned the MM & BMA from the University of Michigan.

An advocate of works by women, she has had nearly twenty oboe pieces dedicated to her by such composers as Libby Larsen, Joan Tower, Barbara Harbach and Gwyneth Walker, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Alliance of Women in Music. 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, Libby's articles have been published in Women of Note Quarterly, The International Alliance of Women in Music Journal, The Journal of the International Double Reed Society, the Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

Awards and honors

Fellowship Abroad, Rotary International