Nathan Shahar

Arranger, composer, conductor and musicologost
1937- 2021

Natan Shachar began his academic studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he studied economics and international relations. In those years he also studied at the Rubin Academy of Music. Until he began studying musicology, Natan Shachar was famous as a music teacher, conductor of choirs, and songwriter. Among the songs he composed were songs that won first prizes at various music festivals.

Among the choirs he founded and conducted are the huge choirs: "200 Girls of the General Staff" ("Mataim bnot hamatkal") and the huge choirs formed for the "Bnei Akiva" movement conferences and the "Hanoar haoved vehalomed" movement. Shachar also served as music director of radio and television programs.

Shachar studied musicology at Bar-Ilan University, where he completed his BA. and MA. He did his Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, about Hebrew singing. This field remained his area of ​​expertise, on which he has written many books and articles.

Shahar has taught at Beit Berl College and Ben-Gurion University. Among other things, he served as a member of the Hebrew Singing Committee of the Council for Culture and the Arts. He was appointed chairman of the Hebrew Singing Committee, which decided to award the Israel Prize for Hebrew Singing in 2016.

Nathan Shachar died in April 2021.

Full biography in Wikipedia (Hebrew).


For a list of Shachar's publications (books and articles) see the Nathan Shchar Website (Hebrew).

For a list of songs in a musical arrangement by Natan Shachar, see the Zemereshet website.

See also the National Library of Israel website. It includes archival items like Commercial and ethnographic recordings.