Kerry McCarthy is a musician and author known for her work on early English music. Her latest book is a new biography of Byrd, published by Oxford University Press and reviewed in the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books, and other journals of note. It was given the 2014 ASCAP Nicolas Slonimsky Award for composer biography of the year. Kerry discovered the delights of early music while in high school, joined Cantores in 1994, and has been part of the Byrd Festival since it began. She received her BA from Reed (1997) and her PhD from Stanford (2003), and spent eleven years teaching music history at Duke University in North Carolina. She currently spends her time working with a number of professional vocal ensembles and writing a book about Tallis and the birth of the English Renaissance. She lives in Portland, where she was born and raised.