Amy Collins, Oboist and this year’s conference co-host, is presently a member of the artistic faculty at The University of South Florida, Principal Oboist of Venice Symphony and Principal Oboist with Opera Tampa. Ms. Collins spends her summers on the faculty of The Governors School for the Arts in Tennessee and several summer music festivals throughout Europe. Ms. Collins 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. She 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, Josh Groban, Lindsey Stirling, and Evanescence to name a few. 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. Her primary teachers include John Mack and Robert Mayer.