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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 43

Toronto Jewish Folk Choir fonds.  - 1923-1976.  - 30 cm of textual records.  - 144 photographs.  - 1 audio tape reel.  - 1 film reel   - 1 computer reel. 

Administrative history
The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir succeeded the Young Socialist Choir (ca. 1914-17) and the Freiheit Gezangs Farein (Freedom Singing Society, 1925-33?).  Composed of factory workers, the choir initially performed Yiddish folk songs and operettas which chiefly portrayed the aspirations of the working class.  With the arrival of Emil Gartner as choirmaster in 1939, the group expanded its repertoire, incorporating Canadian folk songs and works by composers such as Handel, Schubert, Yuri Shaporine, Dmitri Shostakovitch and Weinzweig.  Upon Gartner's death in 1960, the choir continued under the direction of several choirmasters, including Bill Phillips, Voltr Ivonoffski and David Varjabed. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the musical activities of the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir:  administrative records; concert programmes; press clippings; scores; photographs of the choir, members of the choir, and artists; sound recording and film of the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Searle Friedman in 1974. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  none. 

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