Call for Participation

Composer Commission Opportunity

Kaplan Commissioning Project
Saint Mary’s University Concert Band

The ninth Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation Commission for a new Concert Band composition written by a composer of Jewish heritage is outlined below. Any questions prior to application submission should be directed to Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, Director of Bands, at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Amount of Commission:

• $7,000.00 plus travel/expense allowance for a campus residency at the premier of the composition.

Description of the Composition:

• The work will be scored for standard full Concert Band instrumentation, appropriate difficulty level for advanced high school bands and small college ensembles.

• Length of composition: approximately 5-8 minutes in length.

• The composition must be based on Jewish melodic or thematic material, either folk or religious sources.…

Cultural Heritage of the Diaspora. Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish: Contrast, Comparison, Contact

Cultural Heritage of the Diaspora. Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish: Contrast, Comparison, Contact
May 8th-9th, 2016, Wrocław

The conference aims to show the current state of research on Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish (Ladino, Judezmo) as well as their present condition and importance as part of the legacy of the Jewish Diaspora. It also creates an opportunity to exchange views and to share the experiences of scholars dealing with both languages. We invite submissions that include different research perspectives or adopt comparative approach in history, anthropology, linguistics, literature and culture studies.

Thematic scope of the conference:

1. Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish – Parallel Histories

History of Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish languages, their structure, character and areas of use in a linguistic, social and gender context.

2. Sources
Description, current state, preservation and protection of sources in both languages (archival documents, press, memorial books, ethnographic sources, oral history etc.).…

Der Idisher Idol

International Festival of Composition and Interpretation of Yiddish Songs
will be held in Mexico City June 14, 2015.
Call for singers and composers!
The deadline for entry, to submit a video is April 13, 2015.
– The sign-up period closes on April 13, 2015. Contestants will be able to sign up through the official website:

Participation is open without restriction to age or gender, to singles or groups of Jewish communities.It is not even necessary to know Yiddish to participate! For full information, see the website of Der Idisher Idol at:
The website includes the rules for submission and registration for the competitions.

Shalshelet 6th International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music

We want to be sure you know about the March 15 2015 deadline for submissions of music to Shalshelet’s 6th International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music which wlll take place in Philadelphia on December 13-15, 2015. Shalshelet Festival is interested in music of any style, composed by people of any age and background, that is a new setting of traditional/liturgical Jewish text.
There is more information at
​For questions about the ​submissions process or the Festival, contact:
Please share this with anyone who might be interested.

Sarah Hyams
Executive Director
Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music

Call for Papers Conference in Budapest

Call for Papers
Exoticism, Orientalism and National Identity in Musical Theatre
International Musicological Conference on the Centenary of the Death of Karl Goldmark
Budapest, 11-12 December, 2015
Institute of Musicology
(Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Karl Goldmark was a key figure of the musical culture of the Austro-Hungarian
Monarchy. He was born in a Hungarian city as a son of a Jewish chazzan, but his
activity concentrated mostly to Vienna. He considered himself Hungarian, but all of
his operas were composed in German and, except Gatz von Berlichingen, premiered in
Vienna. Thus, his life and oeuvre represents not only the problematic questions of
citizenship, religion and national identity in Central Europe at the turn of the
century, but also their impact on a variety of musical genres (operas, symphonic
works, chamber music, choral music, works for piano and songs).…

CALL FOR PAPERS: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer

Conference: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer

University of Leeds, UK
Tuesday 16 – Friday 19 June 2015

For the first time in Britain an International Academic Conference is being
devoted to the music of Jewish prayer. Internationally acclaimed scholars in
Jewish liturgical music will lead the programme presented jointly by the
School of Music, University of Leeds and the Academic Wing of the European
Cantors Association.

CALL FOR PAPERS (see more)…

Dispersions Cultural Conference Call for Papers

Many of our readers who are in academic studies may be interested in submitting a paper to this.
It’s a cultural conference on ‘Dispersions’….This may be a good fit for some of you.

January 16-19, 2014
Balsillie School of International Affairs
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


The Canadian Association of Cultural Studies invites proposals on all topics of relevance to cultural studies from both current and future members for its upcoming conference.

The conference theme Dispersions encourages submissions devoted to exploring all forms of distributed culture. This may include papers that investigate dispersions of people, social groups and communities; flows of cultural objects and materialities; or the dispersion of cultural studies scholars (so often now housed in vulnerable departments) across disciplines.…

First International Terezin Music Conference

Leeds College of Music (UK) is proud to announce it first International
Terezin Music Conference in February 2012, and the launch of the Terezin Music Hub.
For more information, call for papers, booking, draft programme, etc, please visit:

Feel free to contact for further details, and follow the Hub on Twitter: @TerezinMusicHub

An Evening of Yiddish Poetry and Song

WWGD? [What Would Glatshteyn Do?]
An Evening of Yiddish Poetry
sponsored by The League for Yiddish/
Afn Shvel magazine
You are cordially invited to a unique new event –
a bilingual evening of contemporary Yiddish poetry!
In zikh (Introspectivist) Yiddish poets, 1923

The program will feature Yiddish poets and songwriters reading (and singing) from
their own works.
When: Sunday, August 1, 2010; 6 – 7:45 P.M.
Where: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, Manhattan,
main floor (between Houston and Bleecker at 1st St.; Bowery is the continuation
of Cooper Square below E. 4th St.)
F train to 2nd Ave. or 6 train to Bleecker
Admission – $6.00.
All are invited to come listen and
you are invited to participate
in the program if you:
– write Yiddish poetry
– write Yiddish songs
– translate Yiddish poetry into English (or
another language) or English (or another
language) poetry into Yiddish
Priority will be given to poets and songwriters.…

Let My People Sing Returns for 4th Year

Jewish entertainer Craig Taubman and his
production company Craig N Co, will be producing the fourth annual ‘Let My
People Sing Festival – A four part Celebration of Spirit and Song’ from
April 5-12, coinciding with the Jewish festival of Passover.

“For four years, Let My People Sing has brought together an inspired group
of artists from around the world to celebrate the human spirit – now more
than ever, we need something to sing about” said Taubman. “I am
particularly pleased that this year’s events will raise awareness and money
for the Jewish Family Service Food and Hunger programs”.

REFLECTIONS – Jewish Musical Journeys

Do you or your family know any unusual or interesting Seder or Shabbat songs? If so we’d love to hear from you – even if you don’t have the voice of an opera singer!

The REFLECTIONS project is creating an anthology of the huge range of different melodies sung in Jewish homes around Britain at Seder, Chanukah and Shabbat and recording them for posterity. Through the family stories of our interviewees we are tracing the origins of the songs and in this way developing a collection of Jewish Musical Journeys – a social history of the British Jewish community through its music.

Each family has its favourite tunes for the traditional Pesach songs or Shabbat Zmirot lyrics and the variations reflect the different family origins. We have already recorded eight different versions of Chad Gadya from Belarus, Hungary, Lithuania, Rhodes, Russia, Turkey and the UK!…