Kalib, Sholom

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KALIB, SHOLOM (1929– ), ḥazzan and musicologist. Kalib was born in Dallas, Texas, and studied cantorial music with his father Morris Kalib. He also studied in Chicago with the ḥazzanim Todros Greenberg and Joshua Lind, both of whose cantorial compositions he later edited. He studied at Northwestern University and received a doctorate in music. In 1969 he was appointed professor of music at Eastern Michigan University and from 1977 was ḥazzan in Flint, Michigan. Kalib composed music for Sabbath and High Holiday services and wrote ḥasidic melodies. His Days of Awe, a concert rendition of the High Holiday service, was recorded with the Beth Abraham Youth Chorale conducted by Jerome B. Kopmar. His magnum opus as a musicologist is his five-volume Musical Tradition of the Eastern European Synagogue, which makes available a single, definitive resource for the vast musical, cultural, and historic legacy of the Eastern European synagogue.

[Akiva Zimmerman /

Raymond Goldstein (2nd ed.)]