Josh Rutner

saxophone, etc.


Academic editing + Proofreading + Indexing

Editing & Indexing


Seth Brodsky, From 1989, or European Music and the Modernist Unconscious (University of California Press, 2017)

"At this point, Josh Rutner knows this book better than anyone alive, including me; he has edited every line of it with strigine sharpness and the passionate dedication of a bibliophile. His eye and care could not but make every book better."

"I could hug Josh Rutner all day, all week, for the epiphanic index he gave my book."


Jo Lawry, “‘How High the Larynx’: Collecting the Vocal Tract Configurations of Sarah Vaughan with the Guiding Purpose of Enhancing Jazz Vocal Performance and Pedagogy” (DMA final research paper, New England Conservatory of Music, 2016)

“Josh Rutner is an extraordinary and brilliant editor. I was fortunate to have Josh edit my final research paper as a doctoral candidate, and I couldn’t have finished it without him. His attention to detail is, in the best possible way, obsessive. Not only does Josh make sure you have correctness, he ensures your correctness has style. It’s hard to imagine that editing a research paper could ever be fun, but Josh makes the process come pretty close. His deep love of language, his insatiable curiosity, his razor-sharp intellect and his quick wit make him so exciting to work with. He can chip away at an incomplete idea or poorly-communicated point until it takes perfect shape and sparkles on the page. Anybody who avails themselves of his services will find themselves glad—and possibly graduated or published!”


Michael Gallope, Deep Refrains: Music, Philosophy, and the Ineffable (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

"Brilliant work... You've got a real style here, and I think it does a lot to revivify the traditional function of the index."


Editing & Indexing

Aimee Bahng, Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times (Duke University Press, 2017)

“Writing can bring out demons of all kinds. I deeply appreciate the winning combination of professionalism, light-heartedness, and encouragement Josh brought to our process. His passion for copy editing is stunning and perhaps even inspiring. It helped make the whole process seem less like drudgery. To the writer in her final stages of manuscript preparation, when despair threatens to overwhelm at every moment, Josh brings much needed energy and sparkle to the experience. He’s a keen reader with an attention to both the fine details and broader arcs of the project. I wish I had worked with him earlier."

Proofreading and Editing

Stewart + Company, a creative agency specializing in marketing, content strategy, and copywriting.

"Josh is positively stellar as a proofreader and editor. He supports our corporate clients in finalizing content across a wide range of industries—from financial services, to consulting, to technology, and beyond. Josh is always quick on the draw, and a close and sensitive reader with an extraordinarily thorough grasp of house style rules. Our most precise clients find his work impeccable—and we agree! He’s a real pleasure to work with, and every bit of text he touches is improved as a result."

—Jude Stewart, Principal


August Sheehy, "Music Analysis as a Practice of the Self in Nineteenth-Century Germany" (PhD diss., University of Chicago, 2017)

"Josh Rutner is an absolute pleasure to work with. Not only did he do excellent work on short notice with a tight deadline, he did so with enthusiasm and a great sense of humor. My project was greatly improved by Josh's keen eye for the errors that inevitably creep into a long document, his ear for the rhythms of prose, and his careful engagement with the ideas I presented. When he wasn't directly improving the flow, he often prompted me to do so myself with a pointed question or thoughtful aside. I would recommend Josh as an editor without hesitation and would gladly work with him again myself."