Research

 
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Matt's research and writings explore the religious meaning of the cantorate and of Jewish musical forms, both past and present. His doctoral dissertation studies the professionalization of Ashkenazi cantors in early modern Europe (1500-1800), an era of profound musical experimentation and transgression. Matt's other research interests include the secular music of Solomon Sulzer, and the intersections of music, communal, structure, and theology in contemporary Jewish music and community. Matt is active in bridging research and communal narrative, and leads a number of projects which preserve, question, and celebrate Jewish music.

 

Published Articles

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The Sovereign Musical Self
Musical Leadership in the Conservative Movement

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Book Review:
The Torah of Music

 

Choose Life:
The Cantorial Profession in a Time of Change
 

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"Torah Divine"
Times of Israel

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"Inner Strength Training"
Times of Israel

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The Torah of the Choir
 

Finding Our Voice,
Expanding Our Range:

Exploring A Cappella as a Mode of Communal Prayer

Books

Books

Upcoming:

CA 75th Anniversary Journal

A commemorative journal featuring biographies, music, new scholarship, and reflections on 75 years of the Cantors Assembly. 

[Cantors Assembly, June 2022]

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Ilu Finu

A Cappella for Jewish Prayer

(Cantors Assembly, 2019)

Tefillat Shmuel

Selected Writings of

Cantor Samuel Rosenbaum (1919-1997)