Cantor

Jacob Samuel Maragowsky

Cantor

Jacob Samuel Maragowsky, also known as "Zeidel Rovner," was born in Radomyshl, Ukraine. He officiated as a cantor in several eastern European cities, including Rovno (hence his nickname, "Rovner'), always accompanied by a choir and sometimes using an orchestra as well. In 1914 he immigrated to the U.S. where he remained until his death. Maragowsky composed many works for cantor, chorus and orchestra which won him great fame. Some of his works are still performed today.

1856-1943

Edward Stark

Hazzan & composer

Edward Stark was born in 1856 in Hohenems, Austria to father Josef Stark, a local cantor and butcher. As a young boy, Edward sang in his father’s choir along with his three older brothers.

1856-1918

Joshua Weisser (Pilderwasser)

Cantor & composer

Joshua Samuel Weisser (Pilderwasser) was born in 1888 in Novaya Ushitsa, Ukraine. As a child, Weisser was exposed to the tradition of Hassidic melodies and Hebrew zemirot through his father Aba Pilderwasser. Weisser began his formal musical education with the local hazzan of Novata Ushitsa, who taught him solfege and sight singing. He participated in many local synagogue choirs, studying under notable chazzanim such as Eliezer Gerovich.

1888-1952

Gershon Sirota

Cantor

Gershon Sirota was born in 1874 in Podolia, where his father officiated as the village cantor. As a boy, Sirota frequently assisted his father in leading services at the local synagogue. At the age of 13, Sirota went to visit his grandparents in Odessa and was hired to lead services at the local Bet Hamedrash (small house of prayer), where his grandfather was a member. The board of trustees, and other music professionals in attendance, were taken aback by the young boy’s talent.

1874-1943

Bezalel Shulsinger

Cantor

Born in Uman, also know as 'Bezalel Odesser.' Served as cantor in Odessa for about thirty-five years, later moving to Jerusalem. His compositions (notated by his students) achieved great popularity and had a strong influence on synagogue music.

1779-1873

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