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Judy Fitzner Atchinson, American composer. Recipient Woman of Achievement award Young Women’s Christian Association, 2006; grantee New York Foundation Arts, 1992-1994, Meet the Composer, 1980-1996, Lila Wallace Reader's Digest grantee, 1993.


Atchinson, Judy Fitzner was born on September 28, 1941 in Schenectady, New York, United States. Daughter of Eugene Adolf and Wanda (Nowicki) F.


Bachelor of Music, Hartt College Music, Hartford, Connecticut, 1964. Master of Fine Arts, Hartt College Music, Hartford, Connecticut, 1970.


Member faculty, consultant for new course on creative collaboration University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 1988—1990. Adjunct faculty Union College, Schenectady, 1979-1986, Russell Sage College, Troy, New York, 1979-1986. Artist-in-residence Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, 1980-1993, Barnard College, New York City, since 1995, Skidmore College, Saratoga, New York.

Guest artist Temple University, Philadelphia, 1991, New Paltz (New York ) College, New York State Theater Program, Albany, New York, 1981-1989, New York State Dance Museum, Saratoga, New York, 1992-1995, Carlisle Project, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1992-1995. Artistic director American Composers Forum, Albany, since 1986.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: Electronic Music for Peter Pucci & Company, 1995, violin and cello piece, 1990, 2 pcs. For Barnard College, 1995, Diary, electronic and vocal piece/Smithsonian Museum, 1988, WomanSong/cello pieces, 1990, others. Commissions Yale University Clean WaterFestival, 1998, Graham Ensemble, New York City, 1998.


Board of directors Saratoga City Ballet, Simons Rock Dance Festival, Poughkeepsie, New York, International Association Dance Musicians. Founder, director Quest-InnerCity Arts Foundation, Schenectady, 1993-1996, 97, Dance Plus Dance Festival, Saratoga, 1990-1996. Advisor Law Order Justice, Schenectady, 1993-1996.

Board directors Schenectady 2000, 1995-1996.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: gardening, reading physics, dogs, travel, thrift shop shopping.


Married Robert Alan Atchinson, May 15, 1971 (May 1978). Married Brian Michael O'Neil, May 11, 1990. Children: Dawn Elizabeth, Beth Robin.

Eugene Adolf F.

Wanda (Nowicki) F.

Robert Alan Atchinson

Brian Michael O'Neil

Dawn Elizabeth Atchinson

Beth Robin Atchinson