Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00553 - Naomi Bell Papers

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Naomi Bell Papers


  • 1923-2003 (Creation)

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23 boxes and items (4.5 metres)

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Biographical history

Naomi Bell is a musicologist, teacher, accompanist and lecturer. She has presented musical lectures and courses to synagogues and public libraries, women’s and seniors’ organizations, study groups and educational conferences, and at The Institute for Jewish Learning. She has lectured at the University of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Second International Yiddish Conference, and has been Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Sholom in Chicago. She was a performer at the Israel at Fifty pavilion at the Canadian National Exhibition in 1998 and at the 1996 convention of the American Conference of Cantors, receiving a standing ovation for her two workshops on Yiddish song. For more than twenty years she taught music at various Hebrew and Yiddish schools, and was Music Director of Bialik Hebrew Day School for ten years.

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Gift of Naomi Bell, 2008.

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Includes an extensive collection of Yiddish folk songs and other songs, primarily in Yiddish and Hebrew, including Canonical and Art Songs. Also includes some rare and fragile music and song books; cassettes of 'Naomis Programs' and collected songs; as well as research notes, lecture-recital material, workshops and presentations created and presented by Bell.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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