About the author

Sydney Boyd is a writer, teacher, scholar, and critic in Washington, D.C. 

She is the project manager of the “Humanities in American Life” initiative for the Federation of State Humanities Councils. As a scholar, she studies how music shapes narrative temporalities in twentieth-century literature stretching from E. M. Forster’s 1907 The Longest Journey to Robert Ashley’s 2011 opera-novel Quicksand. One of her essays, “The Color of Sound: Hearing Timbre in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man,” is published in Arizona Quarterly. As a post-doctoral fellow at Rice University in 2019, she organized the first performance of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit, an environmental work scored for between 9 and 99 percussionists, to feature a landscape installation created specifically for the piece. 

As an arts critic, she has published articles on opera, Classical music, dance, visual art, and film for Houstonia MagazineHouston ChronicleBachtrackArtsJournalArts + Culture Texas Magazine, and the Washington Classical Review. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from Rice University and degrees in music and English from the University of Idaho.