Composer

Rafael Schächter

Choral director & opera conductor in Theresienstadt (Terezín)

Rafael Schächter was born May 27, 1905, in Braila (Rumania). After World War I, Schächter moved to Brno, where he began his formal musical studies. He continued his studies at the Prague Conservatory of Music, where he received degrees in composition and conducting, and at the Master School, in piano. After graduating, Schächter formed a successful Chamber Music Opera, and was a sought after vocal coach.

1905-1944

David Putterman

Cantor

Born in New York City, USA. Studied with leading cantors of his time (Zeidel Rovner, Josef Rosenblatt, et al.) and was a popular cantor who performed in concerts and on the radio. Founded a project which consisted of commissioning various famous composers to compose music for the synagogue. A collection of his compositions was published in 1979.

1900-1979

Jacob Samuel Maragowsky

Cantor

Jacob Samuel Maragowsky, also known as "Zeidel Rovner," was born in Radomyshl, Ukraine. He officiated as a cantor in several eastern European cities, including Rovno (hence his nickname, "Rovner'), always accompanied by a choir and sometimes using an orchestra as well. In 1914 he immigrated to the U.S. where he remained until his death. Maragowsky composed many works for cantor, chorus and orchestra which won him great fame. Some of his works are still performed today.

1856-1943

Edward Stark

Hazzan & composer

Edward Stark was born in 1856 in Hohenems, Austria to father Josef Stark, a local cantor and butcher. As a young boy, Edward sang in his father’s choir along with his three older brothers.

1856-1918

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