NEH We the People Grant
Awarded to Music Historian Barbara B. Heyman for
Her Work on American Composer Samuel Barber
Barbara B. Heyman
Barbara B. Heyman, a music historian who most recently was director of
the Office of College Information and Publications at Brooklyn College,
has been awarded a 2006 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Founded in 1965, the NEH is an independent federal agency and is the largest
funder of humanities projects undertaken by museums, archives, libraries,
public television, and independent scholars.
Heyman receives a grant of $40,000 to support research for her book,
A Comprehensive Thematic Catalog of the Complete Works of the American
Composer Samuel Barber (1910–1981). She was one of fifty recipients
whose projects were included in a special category, We the People, which
recognizes work that advances the study, teaching, and understanding of
American history and culture.
Her award-winning biography Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music
(Oxford University Press, 1994) has become a standard in music history
An accomplished violinist and pianist, Heyman earned a bachelor’s
degree in music from Barnard College. She went on to receive a master’s
degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the City University of
New York. Her biography of Barber was based on her doctoral research.
Heyman joined the Brooklyn College administration as an editor in 1982
and was appointed director of the Office of College Information and Publications
in 1999. Beginning in January 2006, Heyman will pursue her research full
time, much of it at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
In December the NEH awarded $12 million in grants or offers of matching
funds to 346 successful applicants. “NEH supports projects that
are rigorous, wide-ranging, and substantial in their examination and illumination
of the great events and great ideas of the past in our own nation and
throughout the world,” said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole.