Judy Tsou is Head emeritus of the Music Library and affiliate assistant professor of music history. Her research interests include the intersection of race and gender in operas and musical theater, rights for online-only music, and digital and paper music archives. She has published in both music librarianship and musicology, including “Ether Today, Gone Tomorrow: 21st Century Sound Recording Collections in Crisis” (MLA Notes, 2016), “An Archive and a Collection of Rare Music Scores: The William Crawford III Collections” (MLA Notes, 2017), and “Composing Racial Difference in Madama Butterfly,” in Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarship (Cambridge University Press, 2015); she co-edited the prize-winning collection Cecilia Reclaimed (1994), and edited over 200 articles for the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music (2013). She has written numerous book reviews for NOTES, Fontes Artis Musicae, Signs, the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and other academic journals. She has presented many papers at major conferences, including the Society for American Music (SAM), the American Musicological Society (AMS), the International Musicological Society, the Music Library Association (MLA), and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML). She has been invited to present her work at universities around the world, including Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Seoul, Taiwan, and in the U.S. She was co-PI for a grant from the IMLS for “A National Forum on Online-Only Music: 21st Century Sound Recording Collection in Crisis” (2013-5). She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Musicological Society (2006-9), Journal of the Society for American Music (2008-2011), and is a founding editor of Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture (1997-2003). She has been a frequent reviewer of manuscripts for various university presses. She was a Fellow at the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley (1995-1996) prior to her appointment at UW. She serves on the Library of Congress National Recordings Preservation Board (2015-2019). She serves as co-chair of the Committee on Gender and Race and chaired the Committee on the Status of Women and other committees at AMS. In 2017, she was named an Honorary Member, AMS’s highest honor, for her work both as a scholar and a librarian. She is also active in IAML, serving as chair of the Archives and Documentation Centres Branch and later, as the President of the U.S. Branch (2008-2011). While President of IAML-US, she was instrumental in the merger of the U.S. Branch with MLA, for which she won MLA’s A. Ralph Papakhian Special Achievement Award in 2013. In 2018, she won a second Papakhian Award for her work on diversity in MLA. She served as the President of the Society for American Music (2013-2015) and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Society in 2017. And in 2013, she acquired a gift of 700 first-edition music scores (mostly opera scores) for the Music Library, appraised at $1.3 million.
She earned her M.I.L.S. degree at the University of Michigan and an M.A. degree at Columbia University.