Research Fellow, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

Dr Joseph Toltz is Research Fellow at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His expertise is in musical memory of Jewish Holocaust survivors, having interviewed over 100 individuals over a period of nineteen years. Joseph completed his doctorate, "Hidden Testimony: musical experience and memory in Jewish Holocaust survivors" in 2011. In the same year he was awarded the 2011 Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Fellowship at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

In 2013-4, Joseph participated in an international collaborative project funded by the Worldwide Universities Network, "Music, Memory and Migration in the Post-Holocaust Jewish Experience”. The project culminated in a conference in July 2014, called “Continuities and Ruptures: Artistic Responses to Jewish Migration, Internment and Exile in the Long Twentieth Century”. This project led to the successful award of a Large Grant (three years) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK). This project is entitled Performing the Jewish Archive". It is housed at the University of Leeds under the leadership of Dr Stephen Muir, and has multidisciplinary researchers in German Studies, Theatre Studies, Musicology, Music Education and Ethnomusiocology working together across four continents. Joseph is the Australian co-Investigator for "Performing the Jewish Archive" and will be curating a performance festival, "Out of the Shadoes: rediscovering Jewish music and literature" at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in August 2017.

Along with Dr Anna Boucher, Joseph is investigating the first published Holocaust songbook (Bucharest, June 1945) and the pair have been awarded a Herbert & Valmae Freilich Foundation Early Career Researchers Grant for this work. Joseph is completing work on the 1946 field recordings from Dr David Boder’s 1946 project to the Displaced Persons’ homes and camps in post-war Europe, as well as the oral history archive of the late Professor David Bloch (Tel Aviv University).


  • –present
    Research Fellow, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney


  • 2011 
    University of Sydney, PhD Musicology