Dr. Tanya Sermer, Artistic Producer
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Tanya Sermer has been living in Jerusalem since 2009 and has worked as the artistic producer of the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir since the fall of 2017. She received her Bachelor of Music from McGill University in piano performance and her Ph.D. in musicology and ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, under the direction of Ellen Koskoff, Ralph Locke, and Edwin Seroussi. She was awarded a dissertation research fellowship from the Social Science Research Council and post-doctoral fellowships from the Israel Institute and the Lady Davis Fellowship Trust, all of which were carried out at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In addition to her role in Oratorio, Tanya works as a lecturer at the Hebrew University and as researcher at the Jewish Music Research Center. She has also taught at the Tel Aviv University and Leyada—Hebrew University High School. Tanya’s academic work has been published in Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, and in books published by Ashgate and the University of Haifa. She has given lectures in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, as well as throughout Israel and the United States, and was awarded for her work by the Israel Musicological Society
Tanya plays piano, guitar, and Middle Eastern percussion, and performs as an instrumentalist and cantor throughout Canada, the U.S., and Israel. Her research focuses on music of Israel and the Arab Middle East, as well as Jewish and Islamic music and chant. In particular, she investigates the politics of music and sound in the public sphere, including the role of music in nation-building, protest, conflict, gender politics, and the production of space