Tziporah H.Jochsberger

Having escaped the Holocaust on the strength of her musical talents, Tziporah H. Jochsberger went on to use music to instill Jewish pride in her students. Jochsberger’s 1939 acceptance to the Palestine Academy of Music in Jerusalem offered her an escape from Nazi Germany. She graduated in 1942 as a music teacher, and would later be elected one of the five directors of the school. While studying at Juilliard in 1947, Jochsberger was shocked to find how little American Jews studied or explored their heritage. In 1950, with a grant from the Jewish Agency, she began teaching Israeli folk melodies to Hillel students at colleges in the New York area. In 1956 she began both teaching and studying music at the Jewish Theological Seminary, earning a PhD in 1972. In the 1970s she also created several television and radio miniseries to educate the public about the variety and history of Jewish music. Jochsberger also composed her own music, and her Four Hebrew Madrigals was broadcast by Voice of America in 1987 as part of a bicentennial celebration. Even after retiring to Israel in 1986 she remained involved in the field, founding the Israel Music Heritage Project to preserve and cultivate knowledge of Jewish musical traditions.

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