Pulitzer-Prize winning music critic and author Tim Page will serve as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University for the fall 2021 semester, teaching a seminar in music criticism.
“Tim Page is a wonderful thinker and keen observer of the arts, with a deep knowledge of music and literature, and a rich intellectual curiosity that has taken him across multiple disciplines, all brought to life through his gift for clear, compelling, and communicative writing that immediately reveals so much to readers,” noted Peabody Dean Fred Bronstein. “Tim is equally engaging as a teacher, and we are thrilled for our students to be able to access and learn from his unique expertise.”
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 a 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, as well as the first full biography of the then-neglected author Dawn Powell. His book-length memoir Parallel Play, published in 2009, is about his experience growing up with undiagnosed Asperger syndrome. Page 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. He has received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He 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 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.