Kerry McCarthy, guest lecturer & singer

Kerry McCarthy

Kerry McCarthy is a musician and author known for her work on early English music. Her recent book about William Byrd (published by Oxford University Press in 2013) won the ASCAP Nicolas Slonimsky Award for musical biography of the year.

It was celebrated and reviewed in the London Review of Books (“intelligent and affectionate biography”), the New York Review of Books (“Kerry McCarthy’s fine, thoughtful new book … will now be the starting point for all enthusiasts for [Byrd’s] music”), and other journals of note.

Kerry received a BA from Reed College and a PhD from Stanford University. She spent eleven years as professor of music history at Duke University in North Carolina. In 2014, she returned to her home town of Portland, Oregon, where she enjoys a wonderful variety of singing gigs. Her current projects include a new book about Thomas Tallis and a study of the motet in 16-century England.