Zuck, Barbara (Ann )
- Jay Weitz
(b Rochester, NY, July 28, 1946). American Music critic and journalist. Zuck was raised in Scottsville, New York, southwest of Rochester, where she studied piano and violin and played bagpipes in her high school band. She attended Middlebury College, beginning as a math major before switching to music; she graduated in 1968. During her four years at Middlebury, she sang alto in the Chapel Choir under directors James G. Chapman and Emory Fanning. Zuck attended Boston University briefly before transferring to the University of Michigan (PhD 1978), where she studied musicology with Louise Cuyler and Richard Crawford. Her thesis, Americanism and American Art Music, 1929–1945 (published as A History of Musical Americanism), was strongly influenced by her extensive interviews with Charles Seeger. Zuck has taught at Drew University, the University of Michigan, and Otterbein College. While teaching at Otterbein in 1978, she began reviewing music and dance for the daily ...