Amy Collins, oboist, is presently a member of the artistic faculty at The University of South Florida and principal oboist with Opera Tampa. Ms. Collins spends her summers on the faculty of The Governors School for the Arts in Tennessee as well as The Clazz International Summer Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy. Prior to these appointments Ms. Collins was on the faculty of The InterHarmony International Summer Music Festival in Aqui Terme, Italy and Sultzbach-Rosenburg International Music Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenburg Germany, served as second oboist with The Classical Summer Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria and was honored in the Fall of 2007 to perform for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in Rome Italy where she made history as being the first instrumentalist to perform in the Basilica of St. Peters since Pope John Paul I. In addition to The University of South Florida, Ms. Collins is also on faculty at Hillsborough Community College, Eckerd College as well as Gibbs High School (Pinellas County Center for the Arts) and she has an active private studio. She was English hornist with The West Coast Symphony for six years, second oboe/English hornist with The West Coast Symphony for five years, and principal oboist of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in Ft. Myers for six years prior.
Ms. Collins has played with The New York City Opera Company, Miami City Ballet Company, Joffrey Ballet, The Moisiev Ballet, Mannheim Steamroller, Cirque de Sole, and with such greats as Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, and Josh Groban, to name a few. Ms. Collins released her first solo oboe recording in 1995 entitled “Amy and Friends” and her second oboe recording in 1998 entitled “Amy and Friends at Christmas”. Ms. Collins has given clinics throughout the United States. She has received two grants from The Pinellas County Arts Council and has served on the grant committee for The Pinellas County Arts Council. She has also been an Allstate oboe adjudicator and often is a double reed judge at both the district and state levels of FBA’s Solo and Ensemble events. Ms. Collins is president of her own business; The Stellar Corporation, Inc. dba Stellar Oboe Products. In 2017, The Stellar Corporation, Inc. (www.oboe.net) celebrated twenty years in business.
Ms. Collins received her bachelor’s degree from The University of South Florida and her master’s degree from both The University of South Florida as well as The University of Florida. Primary teachers include John Mack, Robert Mayer, Jan Eberle, Patty Sharp Malone and Leslie Odom.