H. Wiley Hitchcock MUSA Fund

supporting publications of American Music

The fund was established by the Board of Directors as they framed the OPUS campaign, both to honor H. Wiley Hitchcock (1923–2007) for a lifetime of achievement in American music and to assure the Society’s continued partnership in a central project of American musicologists, MUSA (Music of the United States of America).

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Hitchcock attended Dartmouth College and served in the U.S. military during World War II. The postwar years found him studying music in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and musicology in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. By 1954, when he finished his Ph.D. with a dissertation on the sacred music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier, he was already a full-time Michigan faculty member. The teaching career he launched there in 1950 took him in 1961 to Hunter College, and a decade later to Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, from which he retired in 1993 as a CUNY Distinguished Professor.

A list of his achievements includes his founding and leadership of the Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College (1971-93), and his editorship of The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (with Stanley Sadie, 1986), the Prentice Hall History of Music series (beginning in 1965), A-R Editions' Recent Researches in American Music series (beginning in 1976), Da Capo Press's Earlier American Music series (beginning in 1972), the ISAM monograph series (beginning in 1976), and the ISAM Newsletter (1971). He served as president of the Music Library Association (1966-67), the Charles Ives Society (1973-92) and the American Musicological Society (1990-92), and he organized festival-conferences on Charles Ives (with Vivian Perlis in 1974) and the centennial of the phonograph (with Rita Mead in 1977). He also served on the editorial boards of New World Records, founded in 1975 by the Rockefeller Foundation, and of Music of the United States of America, or MUSA.

To read Hitchcock on music is to enter into the experience of a responsive, historically informed music lover who has mastered the craft of writing. His textbook Music in the United States: A Historical Introduction, written for the Prentice-Hall series, and now in its fourth edition, has introduced many readers to the subject since its first publication in 1969. His critical edition of 129 songs by Charles Ives appeared in 2004.

H. Wiley Hitchcock died in New York City, after a long illness, on 5 December 2007.

The H. Wiley Hitchcock Fund has been used to support the following publications:

MUSA editions

Contributions to the H. Wiley Hitchcock / MUSA Fund are warmly invited. Your support demonstrates an important commitment to the ideals and legacy of Wiley Hitchcock.

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