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Judith Pinnolis, Jewish Music Forum, NYC, Mar 31

The Jewish Music Forum, a project of the American Society for Jewish Music at the Center for Jewish History is pleased to announce the following presentation:

Energizing Jewish Musical Memory: Encounters with Sound and Text in Archives and Libraries

Judith Pinnolis (Brandeis University)
Respondents: Bret Werb (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
Gina Genova (New York University / Milken Archive of American Jewish Music)

Friday, March 31
10 A.M.
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY

Admission is free and open to the public

For information on this or other events of the Jewish Music Forum, please see the website: www.jewishmusicforum.org, call 212-294-8328 or

How has the digital revolution in libraries and archives changed the world of Jewish music? As artists, scholars and educators increasingly look to the internet for recordings, manuscripts and other sources of information and inspiration, “virtual libraries” are fast becoming a new terrain for research on Jewish music. Judith Pinnolis of Brandeis University and the Jewish MusicWeb Center will present the newest trends that are reshaping Jewish musical memory today, followed by a roundtable discussion with two other experts in the field, Bret Werb of the United States Holocaust Museum and Gina Genova of New York University and the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music.

Judith S. Pinnolis is a Reference Librarian at the Goldfarb Library at Brandeis University where she has served as Information Desk Supervisor, Publications Coordinator and the Training Coordinator since 1992. She holds multiple degrees in music and library science, including an M.S. in Library Information Science from Simmons College and an M.M. from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory, as well as a certificate in Yiddish studies from Columbia University. She has researched and written about Jewish music in the journal Musica Judaica, the new edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica, and Women and Music in America Since 1900: An Encyclopedia. In 1997, Pinnolis launched the Jewish Music WebCenter, www.jmwc.org, a large academic website along that includes major research and bibliographical guides to Jewish music.

Gina Genova is a writer and research associate for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, and an adjunct professor at New York University. She earned a master of music degree from the University of Arizona, and a master of arts from NYU, where she is completing her Ph.D. on the topic of Downtown New York composers of the 1970s. She has curated numerous music collections for the Fales Library at NYU and for other archives throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Bret Werb has served as musicologist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. since 1992. He earned his M.A. in ethnomusicology at UCLA with a thesis on the Yiddish stage composer Joseph Rumshinsky. He is currently a doctoral candidate at that institution. A contributor to the recent edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, he has lectured and published widely on the topic of Holocaust related music, curated and designed exhibitions and websites at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and produced three CDs for the museum: Krakow Ghetto Notebook, Rise Up and Fight!: Songs of Jewish Partisans, and Hidden History: Songs of the Kovno Ghetto.

For information on this or other events of the Jewish Music Forum, please see the website: www.jewishmusicforum.org, call 212-294-8328 or |

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