Shomer Rothenberg, Anna

Born, January 1, 1885, in Pinsk, Russia. Died, May 18, 1960 in New York. Yiddish folk singer, composer, author. Her father was a Yiddish playwright and novelist. She started singing as a very young child with extraordinary accuracy. The family moved to New York and she studied voice with Lazar Samioloff, Fracis Rogers and others. Premiered her opera “Once Upon a Time” in 1922 at the New York Yiddish Art Theatre. Member of Yuval Trio. Sang primarily in the Jewish community Jewish music. Held leadership positions in Mailamm, the American-Palestine Music Association, along with her sister, Miriam Shomer. Studied Jewish music in trip to Eretz Yisrael in 1927. Wrote, Songs Heard in Palestine, based on her study there. Her papers are held by YIVO in New York, which include newspaper clippings from 1916 through 1950. The materials are in Yiddish and English. Rothenberg made several recordings of her singing Yiddish songs. Copies of these recordings from the 1920s are held by the Florida Atlantic University. Copies of her book Songs Heard in Palestine, in which she wrote an introduction, are held at Cornell, JTS, Yeshiva, Vanderbilt, Harvard, Oberlin, Univ. of PA, Univ. of Texas at Austin, Ohio State, CAL and Reconstructionist Libraries. Several Public Libraries, including the BPL also hold the volume.