Mordecai Bauman

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Mordecai Bauman (March 12, 1912 in Bronx, NY – May 16, 2007 in New York City, NY) was an American baritone.


Mordecai Hirsch Bauman was born on March 2, 1912 to Allen and Minnie Bauman in the Bronx, New York City. He was granted a fellowship to the Juilliard Graduate School of Music during his freshman year at Columbia College in 1930, the first (and only) student to attend both institutions concurrently. At Juilliard, he studied voice with Francis Rogers.

He married Irma Commanday, and with his wife started his own school, Indian Hill, in Stockbridge, Mass.; it was the first summer school in the arts founded for teenagers.

During the Bach Tercentenary, 1985, he led a tour to the Bach Festival in Leipzig, and a few years after that he completed a documentary, The Stations of Bach, in East Germany. This was funded by the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, and shown nationally on PBS in 1990 for many years after. It is now owned by CUNY TV and shown yearly on Bach's birthday, March 21.

In 2006, Mordy and Irma wrote their memoir and named it, "From our Angle of Repose".


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