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Music behind the ghetto walls

Professor Teryl Dobbs, University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented several papers over the past months and in addition, has committed to upcoming engagements for the coming academic year. She presented two papers at the University Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria April 18 – 22, 2017, for the 25th European Association for Music in Schools/International Society for Music Education European Regional Conference 2017, Joint (ad)Venture Music: Networking as a Challenge for Music Teachers: (1) Performing the Jewish Archive and its Potential for Joint (ad)Ventures in Music Education, and with Viennese soprano, Elizabeth Hagedorn (2) Cultural Relevance and the Singing Voice: An (ad)Venture in Re/Imagining Music Learning and Teaching.

Elizabeth Hagedorn

Grounded in culturally relevant pedagogy and critical social reconstructionist perspectives, Professor Dobbs’ first paper proposed multiple benefits that the Performing the Jewish Archive Large Grant holds for music education and particularly for youth who identify with underrepresented, suppressed minorities. In the second presentation, acclaimed operatic soprano and Performing the Jewish Archive artist, Elizabeth Hagedorn, joined Professor Dobbs to share how specific curricular revisions to an existing undergraduate music education curriculum allowed students to develop deeper understandings of multiple musics outside the normative university canon.

On May 18, 2017, Professor Dobbs presented an invited paper/lecture at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, to the Bienen School of Music’s Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience (CSEME). Dobbs’ paper, Music Education and the Holocaust: So What? expanded upon her PtJA research and findings that she presented earlier in February at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Professor Dobbs’ upcoming engagements for the coming academic year include a guest artist/scholar residency at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa where she will guest conduct the Concert Band and lecture about her PtJA research projects. In November, Professor Dobbs will present her PtJA-related paper at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The paper, Josima Feldschuh: Music Behind the Ghetto Walls, is part a panel that Professor Dobbs convened, Uncommon Responses to the Holocaust. Members of the panel include Professor Rachel Feldhay Brenner, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Professor Aurimas Svedas, Vilnius University, Lithuania; Dr. Jennifer Ryan Tishler, Chair, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Professor Eliyana R. Adler, Discussant, Pennsylvania State University.

Jessica Kasinsky’s graduation

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Jessica Kasinsky, soprano and performing artist in the PtJA May 2016, “Out of the Shadows” festival in Madison, Wisconsin graduated this past May from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Doctor of Musical Arts. As part of the fulfillment for the DMA, Dr. Kasinsky undertook her research project on the life and music of Aleksander Kulisiewicz, a prisoner in Sachsenhausen during World War Two. Much of her research took place in the archives located at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and in consultation with PtJA project partner, Dr. Bret Werb. Dr. Kasinsky noted in her proposal the profound effect of her involvement with Performing the Jewish Archive upon her research agenda. Professor Dobbs served on Dr. Kasinski’s doctoral committee as her project supervisor.

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