Jacob Reed receives the 2023 Cathy Heifetz Memorial Award

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It is with great pleasure that the Department of Music announces Jacob Reed as the recipient of the 2023 Cathy Heifetz Memorial Award. The Award was established to commemorate the life and honor the memory of Cathy Heifetz (1949-1976), who came to The University of Chicago in 1973 as a student in the Department of Music. The Memorial’s first endowment created an annual award to honor a student in the Department of Music whose associations as a member of this community have been singularly marked by a spirit of caring and helpfulness. Students are invited to submit nominations, from which the faculty selects the honoree. In 1977, the first recipient to be so honored was Jennifer Willard.

Jacob Reed is a 4th year PhD student in Music Theory and History and Organ Scholar at Rockefeller Chapel. His research examines how music and lyrics fight with, compensate, and replace one another, drawing especially on hip-hop, pop music, indie rock, and Kunqu opera theory. Jacob especially enjoys collaborating and exchanging ideas with friends in linguistics, comparative literature, and other fields. As a performer, Jacob is proud to accompany choirs, vocalists, and instrumentalists across campus, in addition to giving solo organ recitals and performing organ and harpsichord continuo around the Chicagoland area. Some of his favorite performing memories are from the Uncommon Music Festival in Sitka, Alaska. jacobreedorgan.com