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Morris Barash

Morris BarashMORRIS BARASH (1903 – 1977), a native of New York City, began his musical career at the age of 11, singing in the choir with the famed Zeidel Rovner until his voice changed. Barash resumed his singing in his late 20s, when he joined the Schola Cantorum, conducted at the time by Arturo Toscanini. Mr. Barash went on to study at New York University and the New School for Social Research under the tutelage of composers Roger Sessions and Wallingford Riegger.

In the late 1930s, Mr. Barash formed a choir to sing in an Orthodox synagogue. He later moved into the Conservative and Reform arenas, where he could have a mixed choir. Conducting, arranging and composing music for the synagogue became his life’s work.

Mr. Barash joined the faculty of the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music in 1955 and continued to compose and arrange liturgical compositions. Mr. Barash also was known as an accompanist to many of the great cantors of that time, such as Ganchoff, Shickoff, Rogoff and Koussevitzky.

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