With roots in classical training, traditional fiddle music, and modern rock, Judy's a founding member of the alt-folk rock band, The Horse Flies. With them she has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and recorded 8 albums, including releases on MCA and Rounder Records.
Judy also composes music for film, television, and multi-media. She received an Emmy for "Musical Composition/Arrangement: Special Achievement" for her score for the documentary, The Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson and Wine. For detail about film scoring projects, please explore the film scores page on this site and j2filmmusic.com.
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.
In 2012 she released an album of her original waltzes, Late Last Summer, with her father, pianist Dick Hyman.
Judy has been featured twice in Fiddler Magazine (for her fiddle playing), and once in Electronic Musician (for her film composing). She was also included as one of 20 master fiddlers in a booklet/cd set celebrating Fiddler Magazine's 20th anniversary. She has just been commissioned to create a new waltz to celebrate Fiddler Magazine's 25th anniversary in 2019.
Critics have described her work as haunting, gorgeous, sepia-tone, stirring, powerful, impressive, beautiful, rousing, playful ...