The Making of a Reform Jewish Cantor

The Making of a Reform Jewish Cantor

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The Making of a Reform Jewish Cantor provides an unprecedented look into the meaning of attaining musical authority among American Reform Jews at the turn of the 21st century. How do aspiring cantors adapt traditional musical forms to the practices of contemporary American congregations? What is the cantor's role in American Jewish religious life today? Cohen follows cantorial students at the School of Sacred Music, Hebrew Union College, over the course of their training, as they prepare to become modern Jewish musical leaders. Opening a window on the practical, social, and cultural aspects of aspiring to musical authority, this book provides unusual insights into issues of musical tradition, identity, gender, community, and high and low musical culture.According to a description in the Schoola#39;s course catalog, the services took the format of a presentation followed by a ... liturgical year (presumably not in tandem with their actual times of presentation) (HUSESM Catalog, 1950-1951:136). ... Students had the opportunity to request specific cantorial coaches in advance, which the faculty would consider in its choices. ... case did not necessarily mean aquot; Orthodox, aquot; but rather perhaps, aquot;not Reformaquot;: the Silverman prayer book, for example, anbsp;...

Title:The Making of a Reform Jewish Cantor
Author: Judah M. Cohen
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2009

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