Cantor Josh Breitzer feels blessed to have served Congregation Beth Elohim (Brooklyn, NY) since 2011. He leads the community through prayer and song, teaches chanting and ritual skills to students of all ages, and helps create sacred experiences for every occasion. Cantor Breitzer performs regularly at synagogues and concert halls across America and Israel. He appears with the New York Festival of Song in the annual “A Goyishe Christmas to You” program and has enjoyed significant collaborations with Pulitzer Prize-winner Yehudi Wyner and the late composer/scholar Jack Gottlieb. He has coached young artists at NYC Opera and The Juilliard School and has taught at the Academy of Jewish Religion, the URJ Kutz Camp, and the North American Jewish Choral Festival. He has also recorded prayers for the Behrman House “Hebrew in Harmony” religious school curriculum. A mid-Michigan native, Cantor Breitzer attended Interlochen Arts Camp and holds voice degrees from the University of Michigan and the New England Conservatory. He received his ordination at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2011 and joined the adjunct faculty soon thereafter. In 2016, he was elected a Vice President of the American Conference of Cantors, which offers spiritual leadership and sacred music to Reform congregations throughout the world. The Jewish Daily Forward named Cantor Breitzer one of the best new Jewish music voices in its first-ever “Soundtrack of Our Spirit” series. The PBS documentary “The Four Sons And All Their Sons: A Passover Tale,” partially filmed at CBE, features his singing throughout. He lives in Park Slope with his wife and their two sons.
I am committed to redressing historical violence through art, working towards healing trauma, and envisioning a more just society. My current research investigates the history of “Visible Speech”–from phonetics, physiological alphabet, to the sound spectrograph–and how it intersects with linguistic imperialism, scientific racism, and technosolutionism.
I work on data as an epistemological concept, life writing, and comparative approaches to modernist and multiethnic U.S. literatures. Prior to this, I was a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at Temple University, specializing in digital humanities methods. My dissertation examines the relationship between life writing forms and data collection as an emerging epistemology of the social and the self in U.S. modernist literatures.
Linda Fairtile is the Head of Parsons Music Library at the University of Richmond (VA), where she also teaches in the First-Year Seminar program. Her research focuses on the operas of Verdi and Puccini, and specifically on issues of compositional process. She is currently preparing critical editions of Puccini’s Edgar (Ricordi) and Verdi’s Otello (University of Chicago Press/Ricordi).
I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow in Digital Public Humanities at Brown University‘s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. I’m interested in digital humanities, digital archives, public history, public humanities, the history of reading, libraries, new media, poetry, and comic books.