Judy Brady is Adjunct Professor of Musicology in the School of Music at the State
University of New York at Fredonia. Her primary research interests include American
music topics of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as well as related topics involving
cultural theory, economics, and sociology. She is currently completing her PhD Dissertation
in Musicology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison titled, "Performing the
Nation: The Symphonic Culture of Buffalo, New York and the New Deal."
Ms. Brady is a Buffalo native and received a Bachelors Degree in English Education/Music
Minor from SUNY Fredonia. She earned her Masters Degree in Musicology from the University
of Colorado at Boulder before entering PhD coursework in Madison, Wisconsin. Her two
Masters theses focused on the work of jazz pianist Marian McPartland and the piano
works of Johannes Brahms.
Ms. Brady has given conference papers in many diverse settings and is involved in
several organizations that relate to her research interests. These include the The
Society for American Music, The American Musicology Society, The International Association
for the Study of Popular Music, and graduate student conferences at the University
of Buffalo and Columbia University. In addition to papers related to her Dissertation,
recent work has focused on Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple, the Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival,
Ms. Brady returned to the Buffalo area in 2007 and has worked in the Fredonia School
of Music since that time. Her course topics include Music Appreciation, Music of the
Great Depression, Studies in Popular Music, and Romanticism in Music. Ms. Brady is
also an accomplished pianist, the Music Director for a church in South Buffalo.