Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

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The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance , founded in 1958 as the Rubin Academy of Music, is located on the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ; ; abbreviated HUJI) is Israel's second-oldest university, after the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. The Hebrew University has three campuses in Jerusalem and one in Rehovot. The world's largest Jewish studies library is located on its Edmond J...

.

History


Until moving into its present home, the academy operated in a building on Smolenskin Street in Jerusalem's Rehavia
Rehavia
Rehavia is an upscale Jerusalem neighborhood located between the city center and Talbiya.-History:Rehavia was established on a large plot of land purchased in 1921 from the Greek Orthodox Church by the Palestine Land Development Company . The area was known at the time as Ginzaria, a native...

 neighborhood. Israeli composer Josef Tal headed the academy in 1948–52.

In 1965, Hassia Levy-Agron, a pioneer of dance in Israel, established the school's dance department.
Israeli conductor Mendi Rodan
Mendi Rodan
Mendi Rodan was a Romanian-born Israeli conductor, composer and violinist.-Biography:Mendi Rodan was born in Iaşi, Romania, one of three children of Solomon and Miriam Rosenblum. Mendi began playing the violin at the age of five...

 headed the school from 1984–93.

Degrees


Today the school has a faculty of 160, and over 600 students. The academy is an independent institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education in Israel
Council for Higher Education in Israel
The Council for Higher Education in Israel is a supervisory body for universities and colleges in Israel. It is the only organization with the authority to give educational accreditation...

, but also collaborates with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The school has a Faculty of the Performing Arts
Performing arts
The performing arts are those forms art which differ from the plastic arts insofar as the former uses the artist's own body, face, and presence as a medium, and the latter uses materials such as clay, metal or paint which can be molded or transformed to create some physical art object...

, a Faculty of Composition, Conducting and Music Education, and a Faculty of Dance, Movement and Movement Notation.
  • Bachelor of Music
    Bachelor of Music
    Bachelor of Music is an academic degree awarded by a college, university, or conservatory upon completion of program of study in music. In the United States, it is a professional degree; the majority of work consists of prescribed music courses and study in applied music, usually requiring a...

     (B. Mus.).
  • Bachelor of Education
    Bachelor of Education
    A Bachelor of Education is an undergraduate academic degree which qualifies the graduate as a teacher in schools.-North America:...

     in Music (B. Ed. Mus.).
  • Bachelor of Dance
    Bachelor of Dance
    A Bachelor of Dance, often abbreviated as B.Dance, BFA , BCA , BDanceEd, BDancePerf, BA , is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by a college, university, or conservatory upon completion of program of study in dance.In Australia, the Bachelor of Dance is offered at the following universities,...

     (B. Dance) in conjunction with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • Master of Arts in Music
    Master of Music
    The Master of Music is the first graduate degree in Music awarded by universities and music conservatories. The M.Mus. combines advanced studies in an applied area of specialization with graduate-level academic study in subjects such as music history, music theory, or music pedagogy...

     (M. A. Mus.) in conjunction with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

High school



The Academy High School is situated in the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Building in Givat Ram
Givat Ram
Givat Ram is a neighborhood in central Jerusalem, Israel. Many of Israel's most important national institutions are located in Givat Ram, among them the Knesset, the Israel Museum, the National Library of Israel and the Israeli Supreme Court.-Etymology:...

, adjacent to the Academy's main building. Founded in the late 1960s, the curriculum combines general studies with specialization in music and dance.

Summer programs


The academy runs an annual two-week program called the International Summer Institute for Strings.

Conservatory


The Conservatory offers individual and group instruction in music and dance for students from the age of five. Students attend special workshops and master classes taught by the Academy's senior lecturers, and perform as soloists and in ensembles in Israel and overseas. Over 700 students are currently studying at the Conservatory.

Notable alumni



  • David Bizic
    David Bizic
    David Bižić is an operatic baritone. He was born in Belgrade, Serbia.-Career:He studied singing with at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and received scholarships from the International Vocal Arts Institute and the America Israel Cultural Foundation...

     (born 1975), operatic baritone
  • Natan Brand
    Natan Brand
    Natan Brand was an Israeli classical pianist.-Biography:Brand was the son of a doctor, Aron Brand, and his wife, Mala, who immigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1939. The family settled in Jerusalem. Brand began his studies as a child prodigy at the age of seven, with Haim Alexander at the Rubin...

     (1944–1990), classical pianist
  • Drora Bruck
    Drora Bruck
    Drora Bruck is an Israeli recorder player.-Musical education:Drora is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where she has been studying with Michael Meltzer, for her BMus which was obtained in 1990....

  • David D'Or
    David D'Or
    David D'Or is an Israeli singer, composer, and songwriter. A countertenor with a vocal range of more than four octaves, he is a three-time winner of the Israeli "Singer of the Year" and "Best Vocal Performer" awards. He was also chosen to represent Israel in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, at...

     (born 1965), singer, composer, and songwriter
  • Riki Guy
    Riki Guy
    Riki Guy is an Israeli full-lyric soprano.- Education :Riki Guy graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in 1997. Master classes and private coaching include work with voice professionals such as William Woodruff, Joan Dorneman, Ileana Cotrubaş, Silvia Sass, Vera Rozsa, Mignon Dunn,...

    , full-lyric soprano
  • Nurit Hirsch (born 1942), composer, arranger, and conductor
  • Tamar Lalo
    Tamar Lalo
    Tamar Lalo is an Israeli recorder player. After reaching the top in Israel, performing with a number of orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the Maestro Zubin Mehta, Tamar Lalo moved to Europe to broaden her career as early music player...

  • Naomi Shemer
    Naomi Shemer
    Naomi Shemer was a leading Israeli songwriter hailed as the "first lady of Israeli song and poetry."-Biography:Naomi Sapir was born on Kvutzat Kinneret, a kibbutz her parents had helped found, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. In the 1950s she served in the Israeli Defense Force's Nahal...

     (1930–2004), songwriter
  • Ilan Volkov
    Ilan Volkov
    Ilan Volkov is an orchestral conductor. His father, Alexander Volkov, was a concert pianist of Ukrainian ancestry. His mother, Professor Shulamit Volkov of The School of Historical Studies in Tel Aviv University, is of German ancestry...

     (born 1976), orchestral conductor
  • Yitzhak Yedid
    Yitzhak Yedid
    Yitzhak Yedid is an Israeli Australian composer of classical music and jazz pianist.-Biography:Yitzhak Yedid was born on September 29, 1971 in Jerusalem, Israel. His family immigrated from Syria. He studied at the Rubin Academy of Music and the New England Conservatory in Boston with Ran Blake...

    (born 1971), Israeli-Australian composer of classical music and jazz pianist

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