Judith Tick, PhD

Matthews Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Music History, American Music, Women’s History, Twentieth Century Music

Judith Tick, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Music at  Northeastern University, is a leading authority on American music in general and the history of women in music in particular. She is co-editor with Jane Bowers of the anthology Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition 1150-1950 (1986), a pioneering work in its field, and the author of American Women Composers Before 1870 (1983), as well as the biography, Ruth Crawford Seeger.  A Composer’s Search for American Music (1997), which won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. This book as well as her article on “Charles Ives and Gender Ideology” also won awards from the Society for American Music.  Tick also wrote the entries on “Women and Music” for The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (1986) and the 2001 revised edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music. In collaboration with the art historian Gail Levin, Tick also published Aaron Copland’s America. A Cultural Perspective (2000).

In 2000 she received a Distinguished Alumna Medal from Smith College. In 2004 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. as an “innovator in the field of musical biography.”  Her book, Music in the U.S.A. A Documentary Companion, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008.

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