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Hitchcock, H. Wiley

Hitchcock, H. Wiley

Born in 1923


Inducted in 1999

Musicologist H. Wiley Hitchcock, received his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, in 1943, and earned both master’s degree and doctorate in music at the University of Michigan. Beginning with his doctoral dissertation of the Latin Oratorios of French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier, he has contributed significantly to research on instrumental and vocal music of such 17th-century composers as Charpentier and Caccini. But he has spent the majority of his illustrious career in the service of the musical life of the United States. He devoted his considerable editorial influence to the shaping of the milestone four-volume work The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. In the preparation of “Amerigrove” he served not only as co-editor but also writer of substantial numbers of entries. In all, Hitchcock wrote 835 articles – about 17% of the total entries – in this historic American music dictionary. In addition to creating an enormous body of publications, Hitchcock has served American music through his illustrious career as teacher and mentor. He taught first at the University of Michigan, from 1950 to 1961, moving on to Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) for the next decade. In 1971 Brooklyn College, CUNY appointed him professor of music and founder-director of the Institute for Studies in American Music. In 1990 the University of Michigan Press published A Celebration of American Music: Words and Music in Honor of H. Wiley Hitchcock. Hitchcock has received many illustrious grants and awards from such sources as Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Endowment for the Humanities, and he served as a Getty scholar at the J. Paul Getty Center for Art History and the Humanities in 1985. He has also performed distinguished service to his profession, as president of the Charles Ives Society, the Music Library Association, and the American Musicological Society.