Jean Eichelberger Ivey (1923 – 2010) founded the Peabody Electronic Music Studio in 1967. Dr. Ivey has a large catalog of works in virtually every medium and is frequently represented on the programs of major orchestras and ensembles.
Most of her works which include electronics do so in combination with live musicians. The Baltimore Symphony has premiered two of her works which combine tape with orchestra. Her music has been recorded on CRI, Folkways and Grenadilla labels. Her publishers include Boosey and Hawkes, Carl Fischer, Inc. and E.C. Schirmer.
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 prepared in Washington: “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.
She expressed her compositional ideals as follows: