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musician , musicologist

Kay Jaffee, musician, musicologist. Recipient Distinguished Alumni award New York University Graduate School Arts and Science, 1990, Howard Mayer Brown award Early Music American, 2000, American Eagle award National Music Council, 2003. Member American Musicological Society.


Jaffee, Kay was born on December 31, 1937 in Lansing, Michigan, United States. Daughter of Fred Hodgson and Mary Beulah (Rabuck) Cross.


Bachelor, University Michigan, 1959. Master of Arts, New York University, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, New York University, 2001.


Associate director, founding member, The Waverly Consort, New York City, since 1964. Member of advisory board Journal Musicology, since 1982.


  • Other Work

    • Debut Carnegie Recital Hall, 1966. Performer on Renaissance wind and keyboard instruments, harps, psalteries, and percussion instruments. Tours include North America, since 1967, also Great Britain and Latin America.

      Appeared at Casals Festival, 1981, 83, Madeira Bach Festival, 1981, Hong Kong Festival, 1988, Caramoor Festival, also television appearances. 14 recordings with Waverly Consort for Columbia Broadcasting System Masterworks, Angel/Electric and Music Industries and WAVE Records. Contributor articles and reviews to professional journals.


Member American Musicological Society, Society for 17th-Century Music, RenaissanceSoc.


Married Michael Jaffee, July 24, 1961.

Fred Hodgson Cross

Mary Beulah (Rabuck) Cross

Michael Jaffee