Christy Libbus has taught cello in MacPhail’s Suzuki Department since 2003. She received her Bachelor of Music in cello performance from Baylor University and her Master of Music from Florida State University. Prior to moving to the Twin Cities, she taught in the Preparatory Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Tanya Carey, Carol Tarr, Rick Mooney, Pam Devenport, and Jean Dexter.
Christy has performed with the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony, and the Akron and Youngstown Symphonies. Christy has also attended the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra Summer Music Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Christy is an active freelance performer around the Twin Cities and has performed on many faculty recitals at MacPhail. She performs frequently as the cellist of the Birchwood String Quartet.
Whether she is teaching a 4 year old to hold the bow or helping a teenager to polish a challenging concerto, Christy teaches with contagious joy and vision for excellence. Christy’s students have received numerous honors and awards, including placement in All-State Orchestra, MNSOTA Honors Orchestra, MacPhail Honors Recitals, and the final rounds of MacPhail Concerto and Aria competition. Her students have also been featured as advanced soloists in the Suzuki Association of Minnesota’s statewide graduation recitals. Her students continue to love playing the cello through college and into adulthood.
Christy is a Suzuki parent to her 3 children.