Archival Holocaust Music Collaboration

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During the Fall of 2017 we began a partnership through Montclair State University, John J. Cali School of Music, with Dr. Tamara Reps Freeman, a Holocaust Ethnomusicologist. Our collaboration has developed into a program of archival Holocaust art music composed by prisoners interned in the WWII ghettos and concentration camps.  Through the presentation of this unique genre of music, we strive to authentically create living memoirs of what the murdered artists endured within the Nazi regime. 

This project's mission is to help teach the lessons and legacies of multicultural respect by bringing genocide awareness into people’s consciousness. For more information about programs and presentations please email us here

 

Dr. Tamara Reps Freeman, Holocaust ethnomusicologist, educator and recitalist is the musicologist in the Association of Holocaust Organizations, the international alliance of Holocaust museums, state commissions, and education programs.  She is an adjunct professor of Holocaust music at Montclair, NJ State University, John J. Cali School of Music where she coaches graduate ensembles on archival Holocaust Art Music.  Dr. Freeman is guiding Montclair State University in creating our country's first Institute of Holocaust History and Education Through the Arts.

Dr. Freeman is a concert violinist and violist.  She performs lecture-recitals of music composed, sung, and played in the WWII concentration camps on her 1935 Joseph Bausch viola, a rescued Holocaust relic.  Her many performance venues include the Chautauqua, NY Summer Institute, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the Belz Museum in Memphis TN, the Dallas TX Holocaust museum and the NJ State House.

Dr. Freeman travels across the country, teaching classes and faculty workshops based on her dissertation, Encouraging Racial Respect Through Holocaust Music:  An Interdisciplinary Curriculum.  In 2011, Dr. Freeman received an alumni award from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, for creating one of the five most significant music education innovations in the school’s 125-year history.  She has served as a scholar-in-residence in many universities to include Seton Hall University, SUNY Binghamton and Adelphi University.

In 2018, Dr. Freeman was the artistic director and conductor of our country’s first All-State Holocaust Music Concert for Teens.  The Concert took place in Symphony Hall in Nashville TN, where 250+ students (ages 8-18) of all cultures and religions sang Yiddish music composed during the Shoah. 

Publications include “Giving Voice to Democracy in Music Education, Diversity and Social Justice,” Routledge Publishers, 2015, and the music curriculum for the 2014 Emmy nominated film, “Defiant Requiem,” JourneysInFilm.org.

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Tamara Reps Freeman with her 1935 Joseph Bausch viola, a rescued Holocaust relic.