Dr Joseph Toltz

B.A. (Hons), C.C.P.E., B.Mus. (Hons 1st Class, Medal), Ph.D. (Sydney)
Research Fellow

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Dr Joseph Toltz is Research Fellow at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His expertise is in musical memory of Jewish Holocaust survivors, having interviewed over 100 individuals over a period of nineteen years. Joseph completed his doctorate, "Hidden Testimony: musical experience and memory in Jewish Holocaust survivors" in 2011. In the same year he was awarded the 2011 Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Fellowship at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

In 2013-4, Joseph participated in an international collaborative project funded by the Worldwide Universities Network, "Music, Memory and Migration in the Post-Holocaust Jewish Experience”. The project culminated in a conference in July 2014, called “Continuities and Ruptures: Artistic Responses to Jewish Migration, Internment and Exile in the Long Twentieth Century”. This project led to the successful award of a Large Grant (three years) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK). This project is entitled Performing the Jewish Archive". It is housed at the University of Leeds under the leadership of Dr Stephen Muir, and has multidisciplinary researchers in German Studies, Theatre Studies, Musicology, Music Education and Ethnomusiocology working together across four continents. Joseph is the Australian co-Investigator for "Performing the Jewish Archive" and will be curating a performance festival, "Out of the Shadoes: rediscovering Jewish music and literature" at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in August 2017.

Along with Dr Anna Boucher, Joseph is investigating the first published Holocaust songbook (Bucharest, June 1945) and the pair have been awarded a Herbert & Valmae Freilich Foundation Early Career Researchers Grant for this work. Joseph is completing work on the 1946 field recordings from Dr David Boder’s 1946 project to the Displaced Persons’ homes and camps in post-war Europe, as well as the oral history archive of the late Professor David Bloch (Tel Aviv University).

Photo courtesy John Dennis (2015)

Current projects

Associations

Society for Ethnomusicology (member)

Musicological Society of Australia (member)

Association of Jewish Studies (member)

Awards and honours

Ian Potter Travelling Fellowship (Ian Potter Foundation) 2012

Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Dec 2010 – May 2011

Australian Postgraduate Award (Australian Research Council) 2006-2009

Kath O’Neil Scholarship (University of Sydney) 2008

Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Community Scholarship (USA) 2007

University Medal, Music (University of Sydney) 2004

Marion Macauley Bequest Scholarship (University of Sydney) 2004

Busby Scholarship (University of Sydney) 2002

International links

United Kingdom

(University of Leeds) Fund for International Research Collaborations (FIRC): co-investigator with Dr Stephen Muir (University of Leeds), Dr Lisa Peschel (University of York), Dr David Fligg (Leeds College of Music) on the network "Music, Memory and Migration in the Post-Holocaust Jewish Experience: Renewal and Transformation"

Selected grants

2014

  • Performing the Jewish Archive; Muir S, Finch H, Peschel L, Nick B, Dobbs T, Toltz J; Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK)/Large Grant.
  • Songs of the Camps: The First Holocaust Songbook; Boucher A, Toltz J; Australian National University/Freilich Foundation ECF Research Grants.

2012

  • Travel support for Ethnomusicology (SEM) 2012 Annual Conference at the Sheraton New Orleans, 1-4 November 2012; Toltz J; Ian Potter Foundation/Travel Support.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Barwick, L., Toltz, J. (2017). Quantifying the ineffable? The University of Sydney's 2014 guidelines for non-traditional research outputs. In Robert Burke and Andrys Onsman (Eds.), Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music, (pp. 67-77). Lanham, Maryland USA: Lexington Books.
  • Toltz, J. (2016). Listening to ethnographic Holocaust musical testimony through the 'ears' of Jean-Luc Nancy. In Sally Macarthur, Judy Lochhead, Jennifer Shaw (Eds.), Music's Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies, (pp. 188-197). Oxford: Routledge.
  • Toltz, J. (2011). 'Dragged into the Dance' - the Role of Kraftwerk in the Development of Electro-Funk. In Sean Albiez, David Pattie (Eds.), Kraftwerk: Music Non-Stop, (pp. 181-193). New York: Continuum. [More Information]

Journals

  • Toltz, J. (2016). Music and Memory at Liberation. Southerly, 76(1), 16-31. [More Information]
  • Toltz, J. (2010). "Se non ora, quando?" - the hidden musical testimony of Holocaust survivors in Australia. Holocaust Studies: a journal of culture and history, 16(3), 135-155. [More Information]
  • Toltz, J., Toltz, J. (2006). Music: An Active Tool of deception? The case of Brundibar in Terezin. Context, 27 & 28, 43-51. [More Information]

Musical Compositions

  • Toltz, J. (2015). 1. Unter dayne vayse shtern 2. Partisan Song/Partizanerlid. Sydney, Australia: Self Published..
  • Toltz, J. (2015). 1. Uvenucho Yomar (Rosenblatt) 2. Unetaneh Tokef (Blumenthal) 3. Al Tashlichenu and Zacharti Lach (Lewandowski) 4. Vu iz dos gesele 5. Vehi Sheamda (Ra'zel) 6. Avinu Shebashamayim (Zim). Sydney, Australia: Self Published..

Live Performances

  • Toltz, J., Galvin, S. (2014). Brundibar: A Children's Opera. City Recital Hall, Angel Place. Opera Prometheus, Joseph Toltz and the Sydney Jewish Museum: Sydney.

2017

  • Barwick, L., Toltz, J. (2017). Quantifying the ineffable? The University of Sydney's 2014 guidelines for non-traditional research outputs. In Robert Burke and Andrys Onsman (Eds.), Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music, (pp. 67-77). Lanham, Maryland USA: Lexington Books.

2016

  • Toltz, J. (2016). Listening to ethnographic Holocaust musical testimony through the 'ears' of Jean-Luc Nancy. In Sally Macarthur, Judy Lochhead, Jennifer Shaw (Eds.), Music's Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies, (pp. 188-197). Oxford: Routledge.
  • Toltz, J. (2016). Music and Memory at Liberation. Southerly, 76(1), 16-31. [More Information]

2015

  • Toltz, J. (2015). 1. Unter dayne vayse shtern 2. Partisan Song/Partizanerlid. Sydney, Australia: Self Published..
  • Toltz, J. (2015). 1. Uvenucho Yomar (Rosenblatt) 2. Unetaneh Tokef (Blumenthal) 3. Al Tashlichenu and Zacharti Lach (Lewandowski) 4. Vu iz dos gesele 5. Vehi Sheamda (Ra'zel) 6. Avinu Shebashamayim (Zim). Sydney, Australia: Self Published..

2014

  • Toltz, J., Galvin, S. (2014). Brundibar: A Children's Opera. City Recital Hall, Angel Place. Opera Prometheus, Joseph Toltz and the Sydney Jewish Museum: Sydney.

2011

  • Toltz, J. (2011). 'Dragged into the Dance' - the Role of Kraftwerk in the Development of Electro-Funk. In Sean Albiez, David Pattie (Eds.), Kraftwerk: Music Non-Stop, (pp. 181-193). New York: Continuum. [More Information]

2010

  • Toltz, J. (2010). "Se non ora, quando?" - the hidden musical testimony of Holocaust survivors in Australia. Holocaust Studies: a journal of culture and history, 16(3), 135-155. [More Information]

2006

  • Toltz, J., Toltz, J. (2006). Music: An Active Tool of deception? The case of Brundibar in Terezin. Context, 27 & 28, 43-51. [More Information]

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