Perry, Julia (Amanda)
- J. Michele Edwards
(b Lexington, KY, March 25, 1924; d Akron, OH, April 24, 1979). American composer. She studied at Akron University and Westminster Choir College (BM 1947, MM 1948), and took a conducting course at the Juilliard School of Music (1950–51). She spent two summers at the Berkshire Music Center, studying choral singing with Hugh Ross (1949) and composition with Luigi Dallapiccola (1951). She went on to study with Dallapiccola in Florence and briefly with Boulanger in France (1952), winning the Boulanger Grand Prize for her Viola Sonata. Other honours included Guggenheim fellowships (1954, 1956) and a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award (1964). Stabat mater (1951), which launched her career, was performed in both the USA and Europe; her Study for Orchestra was performed by the New York PO in 1965. Her career was curtailed because of physical health problems in the early 1970s....