Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
|The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance|
|האקדמיה למוסיקה ולמחול בירושלים|
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance,
Givat Ram, Jerusalem
|Campus||Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|Former names||The Rubin Academy of Music|
The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (Hebrew: האקדמיה למוסיקה ולמחול בירושלים), is a school for the music and the performing arts in Jerusalem, Israel. It is located on the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem was founded in August 1933 by violinist Emil Hauser, who served as its first director. His wife, Helena Kagan, a pioneer of pediatric medicine in pre-state Israel, was honorary secretary in 1938-1946. The principal of the school was Yocheved Dostorevsky, a pianist who immigrated to Jerusalem from Vienna. Classes were held at a building on the corner of Kikar Zion in the center of Jerusalem. As the number of students rose, the school moved to rented premises, the Schmidt building, on Hillel Street.
In 1958, Samuel Rubin, president of the Norman Foundation (now the America-Israel Cultural Foundation), donated a large sum of money to purchase a building on Smolenskin Street in Jerusalem's Rehavia neighborhood. The inauguration took place in the presence of Golda Meir, Teddy Kollek and other dignitaries. At the ceremony, the school was renamed the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem.
That same year, the Academy library was established under the leadership of Claude Abravanel. During his 35 years as director, the library collected books, journals, scores, first editions and the like. The collection now resides in the Academy's library and in the Israeli music archives, founded in 1988.
Edith Gerson-Kiwi, an ethnomusicologist specializing in the ethnic music of the oriental Jewish communities of Palestine and Israel, taught music history there in 1942. With the encouragement of Emil Hauser, she established the Phonograph Archives of the Palestine Institute of Folklore and Ethnology and the academy's collection of ethnic musical instruments.
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, but also collaborates with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The school has a Faculty of the Performing Arts, a Faculty of Composition, Conducting and Music Education, and a Faculty of Dance, Movement and Movement Notation.
- Bachelor of Music (B. Mus.).
- Bachelor of Education in Music (B. Ed. Mus.).
- Bachelor of Dance (B. Dance) in conjunction with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
- Master of Arts in Music (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, 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.
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 (born 1975), operatic baritone
- Natan Brand (1944–1990), classical pianist
- Drora Bruck
- David D'Or (born 1965), singer, composer, and songwriter
- Riki Guy, full-lyric soprano
- Gilad Atzmon, Jazz Saxophonist and Academic based in London
- Nurit Hirsch (born 1942), composer, arranger, and conductor
- Tamar Lalo
- Naomi Shemer (1930–2004), songwriter
- Ilan Volkov (born 1976), orchestral conductor
- Yitzhak Yedid (born 1971), Israeli-Australian composer of classical music and jazz pianist
- Robert Starer
 See also
- Jewish Women Encyclopedia: Helena Kagan
- הרסייך ומחריבייך ממך יצאו: סיור בין הבתים הנכחדים של ירושלים
- JAMD, History
- Jewish Women Encyclopedia: Edith Gerson-Kiwi
- "Israel Music Information Center: Composers". Imi.org.il. September 18, 1910. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- "Hassia Levy-Agron". Jwa.org. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- "Obituary, Mendi Rodan". Thejc.com. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- "JAMD President's message". Jamd.ac.il. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- Dance Program Music Program (February 21, 2011). "JAMD website, High School". Jamd.ac.il. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- "Summer Institute for Strings". Livemusic.co.il. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- "Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance Conservatory". Jamd.co.il. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
- Interview with Michael Melzer, vice president of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance[dead link]