Research Services Manager, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 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; co-writing a stage work with Guta Goldstein about her musical experience and memories as a child survivor of the Łódź Ghetto; working 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; and working with the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron, Ohio, on musical recordings made in 1946 by Dr David Boder in Displaced Persons camps in Europe. In 2018 he was a sponsored speaker at international conferences in London, New York and Chicago, and gave the Al and Malka Green Lecture in Yiddish at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto.


  • 2019–present
    Research Manager, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney
  • 2014–2018
    Research fellow, The University of Sydney


  • 2011 
    University of Sydney, PhD Musicology


  • 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

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