Samuel Elliot Zerin
|Research Expertise:||Jewish Art Music ~ 19th Century Music ~ Nationalism ~ Virtuosity ~ Transcription ~ Prodigies ~ Performer-Composers ~ Biography|
|Research Skills:||Archival Work ~ Score Analysis ~ Audio Analysis ~ Genealogy ~ Translation ~ Digital Media ~ Historical Newspapers ~ Interviews|
|Teaching Style:||Interactive ~ Subjective ~ Autodidactic ~ Playful ~ Diverse ~ Polyglot|
|Service Genres:||Digital and Print Archives ~ Lectures ~ Committees ~ Social Media|
|Reading Languages:||Advanced Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, German, and French; Elementary Norwegian and Polish|
|Dissertation Title:||A Miracle of Virtuosity: Joseph Achron as a Prodigy Performer-Composer|
|Dissertation Committee:||Michael Beckerman (advisor); Maureen Mahon; Mai Kawabata; James Loeffler; Martin Daughtry|
|PhD:||New York University, Historical Musicology (2019)|
|BM:||University of Michigan, Music History (2009)|
|"Evoking a Corner of Jewish Life: Moses Milner's In Kheyder for Voice and Piano,” Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology, Vol. 2 (2009)|
|"Violin Virtuosity and the Art of Transcription,” North American Conference on 19th Century Music, Nashville, TN (2017)|
|“Reinventing the Music of the Bible: Hebraist Trends in Jewish Art Music of the Early 1920s,” Midwest Jewish Studies Association, Detroit, MI (2017)|
|“Jewish Music: What Is It And Why Do We Care?” American Musicological Society, Milwaukee, WI (2014)|
|“Evoking a Corner of Jewish Life: Moses Milner's In Kheyder for Voice and Piano,” Conversations in Music, Ann Arbor, MI (2009)|
|Russian-Jewish Classics, Vol. 4: Solomon Rosowsky (Toccata Classics, 2018)|
|Tribute to the School of National Jewish Music, Vol. 1 (Nigunim La’ad, 2017)|
|Joseph Achron: Music for Violin and Piano (Naxos, 2014)|
|Joseph Achron: Complete String Quartets, Vols. 1-4 (Joseph Achron Society, 2015)|
|Joseph Achron: Paganini Transcriptions for Violin and Piano (Joseph Achron Society, 2012)|
|Joseph Achron: Hebrew Melody for Violin and Orchestra (Joseph Achron Society, 2012)|
|Joseph Achron: Hebrew Melody for Theremin and Orchestra (Joseph Achron Society, 2012)|
|Joseph Achron: Third Violin Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Joseph Achron Society, 2011)|
|Brown University:||Visiting Lecturer of Music
Introduction to Music Theory (Fall 2017)
28 students. Created a new syllabus, from the bottom up, to include sections on non-traditional elements: timbre, texture, articulation, dynamics, topic theory, etc. Innovative grading system shifts the focus from grades to curiosity, encouraging self-directed learning, risk-taking, and participation. Lectures and exam questions are intentionally subjective, to encourage free thought and to emphasize the complexity of musical discourse.
|New York University:||Visiting Lecturer of Music
Elements of Music (Fall 2015)
70 students. Created a new syllabus, from the bottom up, to include sections on non-traditional elements: timbre, texture, articulation, dynamics, topic theory, etc. Innovative grading system shifts the focus from grades to curiosity, encouraging self-directed learning, risk-taking, and participation. Lectures and exam questions are intentionally subjective, to encourage free thought and to emphasize the complexity of musical discourse.
Elements of Music (Spring 2015)
Music in Cold War New York (Spring 2014)
Music and Technology (Fall 2013)
Facilitated small group activities and skills training (between 2 and 15 students per group), held office hours, and graded assignments and exams. Used a variety of classroom activities and homework assignments to engage diverse learning modes. Personalized the material in accordance with student' backgrounds, interests, and time constraints. Gave 1-2 lectures per semester.
|Koffler Bornstein Families Institute of Jewish Studies:||Lecturer
Jewish Music: What Is It and Why Do We Care?(Spring 2017)
10 students. Taught an original syllabus for a six-session, discussion-based course for adults, examining issues of Jewish identity through the lens of 20th- and 21st-century Yiddish vocal music. Topics included Jewish Art Song, Christmas Music, Atheism, Anti-Zionism, Chassidic Pop Singers, Children's Music, Intertextuality, Appropriation, Assimilation, and Genre.
|New York University:||GSAS Music Colloquium Series Co-Coordinator (2017-2018)
Co-organized 2017-2018 series of seven guest lectures on musical research and a roundtable discussion on expanding undergraduate music theory pedagogy beyond harmony and counterpoint. Solicited speaker nominations and facilitated voting from students in the Department of Music, communicated with guests, publicized events on social media, arranged dinners, and internally worked through budgetary constraints.
|Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus:||Social Media Director and Steering Committee Member (2014-)
Launched and developed the chorus's social media presence. Edited, translated, subtitled, and wrote historical commentary for YouTube videos. Advocated for the financial needs of younger members.
|Hebrew Union College - New York Campus:||Music Archivist (2013-2015)
Processed, organized, and created finding aids for thousands of Jewish music manuscripts, published scores, correspondence files, photographs, and other archival materials. Mainly worked with personal archives and uncatalogued score collections.
|Joseph Achron Society:||Founder and President (2010-)
Established in 2010, the Joseph Achron Society is devoted to preserving, publicizing, and creating access to the works of the Russian-Jewish composer Joseph Achron (1886-1943). My work includes editing first edition scores, commissioning scholarship, facilitating international performances, networking musicians and scholars, fundraising for projects, creating and maintaining a website, creating and maintaining a budget, and developing new projects.
|American Society for Jewish Music:||Founder and Director, St. Petersburg Score Project (2009-)
Established in 2009. Online archive of rare Russian-Jewish classical sheet music, focusing on works published by the St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk Music, the Juwal Publishing House, and the Jibneh Publishing House.
|(Various Institutions):||Guest Lecturer (2011-)
Lectures and lecture-recitals at Boston University (Boston, MA), Hebrew College (Newton, MA), Florida International University (Miami, FL), the Conservative Yeshiva (Jerusalem, Israel), and synagogues in Michigan, New York, and Rhode Island.