Gary Alfred Tomlinson is an American musicologist, and a full-time faculty member at Yale University. He was formerly the Annenberg Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Ph.D., in 1979 with thesis titled Rinuccini, Peri, Monteverdi, and the humanist heritage of opera.
Tomlinson became Director of the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, in 2012.
- 1988 MacArthur Fellows Program
- 1992–1993 Sigmund H. Danziger, Jr. Memorial Lecturer in the Humanities
- Monteverdi and the end of the Renaissance, University of California Press, 1987
- Music in renaissance magic: toward a historiography of others, University of Chicago press, 1993
- Metaphysical song: an essay on opera, Princeton University Press, 1999, ISBN 978-0-691-00409-9
- The singing of the New World: indigenous voice in the era of European contact, Cambridge University Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-521-87391-8
- (with Joseph Kerman) Listen, sixth edn., Bedford/St.Martin's, 2008
- The Harvard dictionary of music, Editor Don Michael Randel, Harvard University Press, 2003, ISBN 978-0-674-01163-2
- "Musicologist and cultural theorist Tomlinson named director of Whitney Humanities Center". YaleNews. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
- "Where it all began", Penn Current, Jan. 10, 2008.