Janice Macaulay holds a doctorate from Cornell University, where she studied composition with Karel Husa and Steven Stucky. Along with her undergraduate degree in English, she also received master’s degrees in both English and music from Brown University. She was Associate Professor at Anne Arundel Community College, and has also taught at Brown University, Cornell University, Wells College, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. From a longtime interest in promoting musical appreciation, she lectured for over 20 years on a wide variety of musical topics for the Road Scholar program at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She has also taught across the curriculum in the Graduate Institute in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College (MD), including seminars in philosophy, literature, political science, and the history of science, and she continues to lead Community Seminars on classic texts.
Winner of the International Alliance of Women in Music’s 2018 Alex Shapiro Prize for Kaleidoscope for Wind Symphony, Macaulay has also received awards from the International Delius Composition Competition (Vocal and Chamber Music Categories), Meet The Composer, the Charles Ives Center for American Music, the International League of Women in Music and the International Alliance of Women in Music, the National Women’s Music Resource Center, and the Cornell Center for the Creative Arts. She has received commissions from the Cornell University Wind Symphony and multiple commissions from the Empire State Youth Orchestra String Ensemble. Her music has been performed at colleges and universities across the country.