Boaz Tarsi

 Boaz Tarsi
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Associate Professor, Music and Hazzanut, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Doctorate, Cornell University,

Boaz Tarsi is associate professor of music at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses in the theory of Ashkenazi liturgical music and the music theory of Western common-practice.

His main research areas are the theory of Ashkenazi liturgical music and the composer Arnold Schoenberg. Selected publications include: “Congregational Singing as a Norm of Performance within the Modal Framework of Ashkenazi Liturgical Music,” Journal of Synagogue Music, (2005); “Lower Extension of the Minor Scale in Ashkenazi Prayer Music,” Indiana Theory Review, 2003); “On the Placement of Hebrew Accents: Correct, Hyper-Correct, Necessary and Unnecessary Adjustments of Hebrew Accentuation in the Synagogue—the Musical Considerations,” Journal of Synagogue Music, (2003); “Toward A Clearer Definition of the MagenAvot Mode,” Musica Judaica (2003); “Voices in the Sanctuary: Musical Practices of the American Synagogue,” Conservative Judaism (2002); “Observations on Practices of Nusach in America,” Asian Music (2002); “Manifestations of Arnold Schoenberg’s Abstract versus Concrete Dichotomy,” Modern Judaism (2001); “The Adonai Malach Mode in Ashkenazi Prayer Music: The Problem Stated and a Proposed Outlook Based on Musical Characteristics,” Proceedings of the World Congress of Jewish Studies (2001); “‘Moses and Aaron’ as a Reflection of Arnold Schoenberg’s Spiritual Quest,” Musica Judaica (1992); “Tonality and Motivic Interrelationships in the Performance Practice of Nusach,” Journal of Synagogue Music (1991); and “George Rochberg: The Composer Who Returned to Tonality,” Music in Time (1983–1984).

Dr. Tarsi has made presentations at conferences at Princeton University, the University of London, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University, the Israeli Musicological Society, the Milken Foundations’ “Only in America: Jewish Music in a Land of Freedom” conference, and the Jewish Music Research Center, where he is a research fellow. Among the prizes and grants he has been awarded are the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellowship Grant, Meet the Composer, the Littauer Foundation Grant for Research in Jewish Music, The Israeli Sinfonietta Contest Prize for New Compositions, and The Israel-America Cultural Foundation Grants.

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