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Morton Gold (b.1933), a prolific American composer of Jewish secular and sacred music, was influenced by New York’s Jewish Theatre in the 1940s. Dr. Morton Gold was educated in the public schools of New York and studied piano at the Third Street Music Settlement House.  In 1953, he graduated with Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Theory. He earned an M.A. in Teaching from Harvard Universityand then in 1960, a Ph.D. in Musical Arts with a major in composition from Boston University.

At the invitation of Arthur Fiedler, Gold conducted the Boston “Pops” Orchestra in his Rhapsody for Orchestra in 1954 and his Dedication Overture in 1959. He has received numerous commissions including the seven oratorios, concerti, vocal works, and chamber music. In 1972 he composed “Haggadah” which was performed nationally by PBS in 1976. Gold has been active in virtually every area of music throughout his career as a conductor, concert pianist, educator at the college and pre-college levels, and journalist.

To crown a lifetime rich in achievement, the Cantors Assembly has recognized his accomplishments by awarding him their Kavod Award in 2010 for his contributions to Jewish music. The Golds have three children (Sara, Tsvi and Beth) and seven grandchildren.


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