BM, Rubin Academy of Music; MFA and DMA, Cornell University
Boaz Tarsi is a composer, theorist, and a singer. He is an associate professor of music at The Jewish Theological Seminary. His main research area is the theory of Ashkenazi liturgical music and its role within the liturgical experience as a whole. As a secondary area of academic pursuit, he works on issues in music of the modern era, particularly the composer Arnold Schoenberg. He has published a long line of articles on these subjects in leading scholarly journals, and presented papers and lectures at academic conferences and institutions worldwide. He earned his doctorate at Cornell University.
As a composer, his compositions for chamber ensembles, orchestra, chorus, voice, and solo instruments have been performed and broadcast throughout the United States, Israel, and Europe.
Among the prizes, awards, and grants Dr. Tarsi has received are the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellowship Grant, Meet the Composer, the Littauer Foundation Research Grant for research in Jewish music, ERMMedia Masterworks Prize for living composers, the Israel Sinfonietta Contest Prize for New Compositions, and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation grants.
Prof. Tarsi has been extensively involved with the Milken Archive of Jewish Music's recording project as a coach, language consultant, and supervisor throughout the United States and Europe, and has contributed guest essays on Mark Lavri, Arnold Schoenberg, and Yehezkel Braun for that project.
As a classically trained baritone, Prof. Tarsi has been active in opera, oratorio, concerts, recitals, and cantorial engagements and synagogue work in the United States, Europe, and Israel.