The earlier version, entitled “Cross-Repertoire Motifs in the Liturgical Music of Ashkenazi Tradition,” was presented at the World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 2013. This article is an expanded and elaborated version of that paper.
Examines the office of the modern Amrican cantor through a detailed ethnography of the School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College with emphasis on the social mechanisms through which students acquire skills, repertoire and eventually round up their selves as communitarian Leaders of prayer.
An overview of the history and ethnography of the American cantorial practces in Conservative synagogues, based on extensive intervies with its practitioners (cantors) and the institutions of training. also discusses musical aspects of the repertoire.
An overview of the most influential figures in the field of religious music to emerge from the American Jewish scene in the 1960s with worldwide repercussions on Jewish liturgical practices since then.