Dr Joseph Toltz

B.A. (Hons), C.C.P.E., B.Mus. (Hons 1st Class, Medal), Ph.D. (Sydney)
Research Services Manager
Honorary Research Fellow (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
Honorary Research Associate (Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, FASS)

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

Telephone 02 9351 1457

Website Performing the Jewish Archive website
Personal blog

Biographical details

Joseph Toltz is a music researcher and administrator at the University of Sydney. He is co-Investigator for “Performing the Jewish Archive”, a four-year British Arts & Humanities Council project based at the University of Leeds. As part of this project, he directed the 2017 festival “Out of the Shadows: rediscovering Jewish music and theatre” at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the fourth of five performance festivals sponsored by Performing the Jewish Archive. The festival featured the Goldner String Quartet, Vox Ensemble (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs), Sydney Children’s Choir, SCM Chamber Choir, SSO Fellows, Luminescence Chamber Singers and staff and students of the SCM.

A former fellow at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, he is co-authoring a book with Dr Anna Boucher on the first collection of Holocaust songs; co-writing a stage work with Guta Goldstein about her musical experience and memories as a child survivor of the Łódź Ghetto; working with the exil.Arte Zentrum at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna (MDW) on the Austrian-Jewish refugee composer, Wilhelm Grosz; and working with the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron, Ohio, on musical recordings made in 1946 by Dr David Boder in Displaced Persons camps in Europe. Joseph has recently returned from speaking engagements in London, New York, Toronto and Chicago.

2017 Photo courtesy James Humberstone.

Current projects

Associations

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

In the media

On 4 April 2018 I presented the Al and Malka Green Lecture in Yiddish at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto

International links

United Kingdom

(University of Leeds) 2012-2014: 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

Download citations: PDF RTF Endnote

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, Andrys Onsman (Eds.), Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music, (pp. 67-77). Lanham: 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. (2017). Review of The Vanished Musicians: Jewish Refugees in Australia. Musicology Australia, 39(1), 67-71. [More Information]
  • 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. (2017). A viglid (Lullaby). Sydney, Australia: Self Published.
  • Toltz, J. (2017). Phantasia Judaica by Boas Bischofswerder: an arrangement for string quartet. Sydney, Australia: Self Published.
  • 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.

Live Theatre

  • Maxwell, I., Peschel, L., Toltz, J., Hunt, K. (2017). Prince Bettliegend: A Cabaret from Terezin. Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia: Performing the Jewish Archive. [More Information]

Festivals

  • Toltz, J. (2017). Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music and Theatre. Verbrugghen Hall and the Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney.

2017

  • Toltz, J. (2017). A viglid (Lullaby). Sydney, Australia: Self Published.
  • Toltz, J. (2017). Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music and Theatre. Verbrugghen Hall and the Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney.
  • Toltz, J. (2017). Phantasia Judaica by Boas Bischofswerder: an arrangement for string quartet. Sydney, Australia: Self Published.
  • Maxwell, I., Peschel, L., Toltz, J., Hunt, K. (2017). Prince Bettliegend: A Cabaret from Terezin. Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia: Performing the Jewish Archive. [More Information]
  • Barwick, L., Toltz, J. (2017). Quantifying the Ineffable? The University of Sydney's 2014 Guidelines for Non-Traditional Research Outputs. In Robert Burke, Andrys Onsman (Eds.), Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music, (pp. 67-77). Lanham: Lexington Books.
  • Toltz, J. (2017). Review of The Vanished Musicians: Jewish Refugees in Australia. Musicology Australia, 39(1), 67-71. [More Information]

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]

For support on your academic profile contact .