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Judy HymanJudy Hyman
Emmy award winning composer, violinist, and fiddler.

Judy Hyman has  roots in classical training, traditional fiddle music, and modern rock, Judy is a founding member of The Horse Flies. She has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and recorded 8 albums with The Horse Flies, including releases on MCA and Rounder Records. The Horse Flies have been featured on MTV, Prairie Home Companion, All Things Considered, World Cafe, E-Town, and Mountain Stage and have been written about in Rolling Stone, Musician Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and many other major publications.

Judy composes music for film, television, and multi-media. In June 2006 she won an Emmy for Musical Composition/Arrangement: Special Achievement for her score for the documentary The Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson and Wine. Judy wrote and produced all the music (90 minutes) for PBS documentary The War of 1812, which aired in October 2011. She also scored interactive DVDs for the National Library of Medicine (Dream Anatomy and Changing the Face of Medicine) and a set of online videos for Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine titled Pet Owner's Guide to Cancer.

With her husband, Jeff Claus, who is also a member of the Horse Flies, she has scored three feature films (Northern Borders,The Year that Trembled and Disappearances), documentaries for Florentine Films/Hott Productions (Through Deaf Eyes, winner Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award 2008; John James Aubudon: Drawn from Nature, CINE Golden Eagle award; Return of the Cayuhoga, Gold Ava Award) and a documentary video that ran for several years in the exhibit at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

With the Horse Flies she played a leading role in composing the music for two feature films: Where the Rivers Flow North (Producers Guild of America Nova Award) and A Stranger in the Kingdom.

Judy has toured and recorded with pop singer Natalie Merchant several times and appears on her albums, The House Carpenter's Daughter and Leave Your Sleep. The lead cut for The Horse Carpenter's Daughter, Sally Ann, was written by The Horse Flies' Jeff Claus and also appears on Merchant's Retrospective album. Judy performed this song with Ms. Merchant on Late Night with David Letterman.

In 2012 she released an album of her original waltzes, Late Last Summer, with her dad, renowned pianist Dick Hyman.