Gordon Dale, M.A

Contact Information

Phone: 
(617) 838-7564
Ethnomusicologist

HUC-JIR/New York

Program/School: 
Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, New York
Research Interests: 
Jewish music; Music and religion; Music and modernity

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Gordon Dale is a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a Mellon Doctoral Student Fellow at the Committee for the Study of Religion, and a Student Fellow through the distinguished Advanced Research Collaborative program. He holds an MA in Ethnomusicology from Tufts University, as well as a BS in Music from Northeastern University, where he earned the Excellence in Music Industry award. Gordon has completed his Master’s thesis, titled “A New Song: Feminism, Music, and Voice in Partnership Minyanim” which explores the relationship between music and the negotiation of gender roles among Orthodox Jews in a transnational network of prayer communities which originated in Jerusalem, Israel. In addition to working extensively in the music industry with top rock bands such as Aerosmith and Deep Purple, Gordon has conducted research concerning music and censorship in Hasidic Jewish communities in New York. Gordon is a past president of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Special Interest Group for Jewish Music. He currently teaches at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, and the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College.

Current and Future Courses
Shabbat Modes and Liturgy
Public Lecture Topics
Israel and the Musics it Makes
The Israeli Soundtrack: Popular Music and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Music and Jewish Mysticism