Pulitzer-Prize winning music critic and author Tim Page will serve as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Peabody Conservatory for the fall 2021 semester, teaching a seminar in music criticism.
Page won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1997 for his writings about music in The Washington Post. Before that, he served as the chief music critic for Newsday and as a music and cultural writer for The New York Times. During his years in New York, he was the host of an afternoon program on WNYC-FM that broadcast interviews with hundreds of composers and musicians (many of which are now available online.
His more than 20 books include collections of the writings of Glenn Gould, Virgil Thomson, Sigrid Undset, and Robert G. Ingersoll. Page’s interest in the then-neglected author Dawn Powell led to the first full biography; he also collected and edited her diaries, letters, short stories, and novels for publication. He is the most recent historian of Carnegie Hall. Omnibus collections of Page’s own writings have been issued by Oxford University Press and Amadeus. His book-length memoir Parallel Play, published in 2009, is about his experience growing up with undiagnosed Asperger syndrome.
In 1993, Page conceived and then served as the first executive producer for BMG Catalyst, a new music label. He has also produced concerts at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Mudd Club. From 1999 to 2001, he was the artistic advisor and creative chair for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Page received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut in 2005, has been a juror for the Pulitzer Prize on five occasions, and was presented with the Glenn Gould Honors in Toronto. He delivered the Blashfield Address at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001, the Louis C. Elson Memorial Lecture at the Library of Congress in 2006, and the John Cage Centennial Address at the University of Colorado in 2012.
Having recently retired from the faculty at the University of Southern California, where he held a joint professorship in the Thornton School of Music and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, he is currently a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He has also taught at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.
Page’s previous time at Peabody includes as a guest of Dean Bronstein’s for a December 2018 Dean’s Symposium and as an adjunct member of the faculty in the 2005-06 academic year.