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date: 14 December 2019

Ochs, Michaellocked

  • Ruthann B. McTyre


(b Cologne, Germany, Feb 1, 1937). American music librarian, musicologist, and editor of German birth. Ochs immigrated to the U.S. in September 1939. He graduated from City College of New York (BA 1958), then earned degrees at Columbia University (MS in library service, 1963), New York University (MA in musicology, 1964), where he studied under Gustave Reese, and Simmons College (DA in library administration, 1975). After serving as creative arts librarian at Brandeis University (1965–74), he taught library science at Simmons (1974–8), where he introduced the college’s first course in music librarianship. In 1978 he was appointed music librarian and lecturer on music at Harvard University, where he supervised the establishment of the U.S. RISM office and directed the computerization of the music library’s vast catalog. In 1988, Ochs became Richard F. French Librarian, the first endowed chair in music librarianship. He moved back to New York to become music editor at W.W. Norton publishers (...

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