Fiona Little

Text copyediting | Line editing | Music proofreading

I copy-edit academic books and articles on classical music and proofread sheet music.


About me

I specialize in copy-editing academic books and articles on classical music (particularly music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries) for publishers and individual authors, and have edited and proofread material for The New Grove Dictionary of Music (second edition), other Grove music dictionaries, and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

I also proofread music, especially vocal and educational works. Since 2014 I have been based in the USA, but I continue to work mainly for British clients.

As an active musician I am a member of a symphony orchestra, a string quartet, and a choir.

I have a good working knowledge of French and German.

CIEP grade: Advanced Professional Member
Keywords: academic, music history, classical music, sheet music, biography
Instruments: piano, violin, choral singing
Location: Washington DC, USA


  • BA and DPhil in Music, University of Oxford
  • SfEP (now CIEP) – On-screen Editing 1
  • Publishing Training Centre – Advanced Proofreading
  • ABRSM Grade 8 Piano


‘I just wanted to thank you for all your time and patience on my manuscript. You’ve made the process so straightforward for me when I wasn’t sure what to expect … I’m very grateful for your eagle-eyed professionalism.’
Hannah French, author of Sir Henry Wood: Champion of J. S. Bach (Boydell & Brewer, 2019)

‘It was such a delight to work with Fiona. She put such incredible care into copyediting and my manuscript has benefited enormously as a result … Fiona’s rigour and attention to intricate detail is superb and the breadth of her knowledge is just phenomenal. I cannot recommend her highly enough.’
Fiona Smyth, author of Pistols at St Paul’s: Science, Music, and Architecture in the Twentieth Century (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2024)

For more testimonials please see my website.

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