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Marion S. Jacobson received her PhD in music from New York University and is Assistant Professor of Music and Humanities at Albany College of Pharmacy of Union University. Her interests include world musics in Diasporas, issues of ethnicity and identity in Judaism and American culture, klezmer music, Yiddish song, popular social dance, and the social history of the accordion. She has produced and presented public programs, festivals, and recordings with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Citylore, Inc., Center for Traditional Music and Dance, the Brooklyn Council on the Arts, the Westchester Arts Council, and the Alan Lomax Archives (Rounder Records), and has been a Research Fellow at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Advanced Learning in Judaism in New York City. Jacobson’s published work includes essays in Jewish Folklore and Ethnography and in two edited volumes: American Klezmer: Roots and Offshoots (University of California Press, 2002) and Chorus and Community (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming, 2003).


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