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Honorary Associate, Hebrew, Jewish and Biblical Studies, University of Sydney

Joseph Toltz is a music researcher and administrator at the University of Sydney. From 2014-2018 he was co-Investigator on “Performing the Jewish Archive”, a four-year UK Arts & Humanities Council large grant. In 2017 he curated the festival “Out of the Shadows: rediscovering Jewish music and theatre” at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the fourth of five performance festivals sponsored by the grant.

A former fellow at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, he is currently co-authoring a book with Dr Anna Boucher on the first collection of Holocaust songs (to be published by Manchester University Press in 2024). He has co-produced a short documentary film, Singing Up the Past, which tells the story of Guta Goldstein and her musical experience and memories as a child survivor of the Łódź Ghetto. He occasionally works with the exil.Arte Zentrum at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna (MDW) on the Austrian-Jewish refugee composer, Wilhelm Grosz


  • 2021–present
    Research Manager, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 2018–2021
    Research Manager, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • 2014–2018
    Postdoctoral research fellow, The University of Sydney


  • 2011 
    University of Sydney, PhD Musicology


  • 2024
    Postcustodialism in the Jewish Music Archive. In Tina Fruehauf (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Music Studies, OUP
  • 2023
    Singing Up the Past and Stompin' with the Prinz: Jaroslav Jezek and the Music of "Prinz Bettliegend". In Lisa Peschel (Eds.), A Holocaust Cabaret: Re-making Theatre from a Jewish Ghetto, Intellect
  • 2021
    Transcendent Innocence: Red-Riding-Hood Redeemed? In Anna Reid, Neal Peres Da Costa, Jeanell Carrigan (Eds.), Creative Research in Music: Informed Practice, Innovation and Transcendence, Routledge
  • 2020
    Ethnography and the empathic imperative: negotiating histories in The Sydney Brundibar Project, Studies in Musical Theatre
  • 2019
    'My Song, You Are My Strength': Personal Repertoires of Polish and Yiddish Songs of Young Survivors of the Lodz Ghetto, Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry
  • 2018
    Out of the Depths: Complexity, Subjectivity and Materiality in the Earliest Accounts of Holocaust Song-Making, East European Jewish Affairs
  • 2016
    Music and Memory at Liberation, Southerly

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Performing the Jewish Archive
    Funding Source:
    Arts and Humanities Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Research Management Society (Committee member, NSW Chapter)

Research Areas

  • Jewish Studies (220404)
  • Migrant Cultural Studies (200208)
  • Musicology And Ethnomusicology (190409)