Discipline: Music Composition

Jean Ivey

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 1980, 1981
Jean Eichelberger Ivey (1923 –2010) was an American composer who produced an extensive and diverse catalog of works in virtually every medium, including solo, chamber, vocal, orchestral, in addition to being a, "respected electronic composer." Her music has been frequently represented on the programs of major orchestras and ensembles. She founded the Peabody Electronic Music Studio in 1967, and taught composition and electronic music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music until her retirement. Most of her works which include electronics do so in combination with live musicians. The Baltimore Symphony premiered two of her works which combine tape with orchestra, and her music has been recorded on the CRI, Folkways and Grenadilla labels. Her publishers include Boosey and Hawkes, Carl Fischer, Inc. and E.C. Schirmer. Ivey is listed in such reference works as the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Who's Who in America. She is also the subject of a half-hour documentary film entitled A Woman Is... a Composer. Her awards include a Guggenheim fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, annual ASCAP awards since 1972, the Peabody Director's Recognition Award, and the Peabody Distinguished Alumni Award. Her many notable composition students include Michael Hedges, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Geoffrey Dorian Wright, Richard Dudas, McGregor Boyle, Vivian Adelberg Rudow, Lynn F. Kowal, and Daniel Crozier.



Jean Ivey worked in the Chapman studio.

Chapman Studio was funded by Mrs. Alice Woodrough Chapman in memory of her husband, composer George Alexander Chapman. Symmetrically massed, the building is stuccoed on the exterior with a natural, unpainted cement. Its unusual half-timbered ornament consists of slender, knotty spruce poles painted a dark green color. A central, peak-roofed entrance porch appears on the north side…

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