Libby Meyer is a composer and Irish fiddler. Her interest in natural soundscapes, conservation of special places and curiosity about the relationship between the arts and the natural world fuel her work. She is a co-founder of the Keweenaw Soundscape Project established to aurally document the Keweenaw region and surrounding lands for ecological, social and artistic value. She has served as an Artist in Residence at Isle Royale National Park and has written a number of compositions inspired by the landscape. In 2012 Sea Caves, Hear Caves for orchestra and recorded sounds of the sea caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore was premiered by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra. Her piece To What Listens for chamber choir, trombone, piano and percussion based on the poetry of Wendell Berry was premiered by Conscience Chamber Choir in April of 2016.
In 2016, Libby and colleagues from Michigan Technological University were awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Imagine Your Parks program. The project team recorded soundscapes in the five National Parks on Lake Superior. For the project Libby composed Lakescapes for orchestra and choir that was premiered by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra in December of 2015. Her composition, Shades of Blue Green for video, two amplified violins , tap dancer and wind symphony inspired by the wave motion of Lake Superior was premiered by Superior Winds in November of 2016 and incidental music for the play Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson was presented by the Tech Theater Company the fall of 2016.
Libby and her husband live on a small farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula surrounded by the choruses of sandhill cranes, woodcocks and spring peepers depending upon the season. Despite winters that regularly deliver over 300” of snow, they plant a large garden, raise honeybees and maintain a small apple and cherry orchard.
Libby holds a DMA in music composition from Northwestern University in Chicago and is currently a Lecturer in Music Theory and Composition and the director of the music composition program and Michigan Technological University.