Susana Weich-Shahak, Ph.D.
Award-Winning Author



Medal of the Spanish Order of Civil Merit


Shown here receiving the Order of Civil Merit
for her Research on Judeo-Spanish Music*
Given by King Philip VI of Spain

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* Published in English by Gaon Books in Moroccan Sephardic Romancero

PhD degree in Musicology at the Tel Aviv University (1986); BA and MA in Musicology and piano at the Conservatorio Nacional (Buenos Aires) and the Tel Aviv University Music Academy. PhD dissertation on "The Music of Four Indian Tribes of the Peruvian Forest: Yagua, Campa, Mashco and Orejon", based on recordings of music and mythical tales collected in fieldwork made possible by grants of the Tel Aviv University.

Since 1973, research on the Sephardi Musical Tradition at the Jewish Music Research Centre of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem: recordings, analysis and catalogue of the Judeo-Spanich repertoire. Field work among Sephardi communities in Bulgaria (1993, 1995), Belgium (1995), France (1995), Greece (1992), Macedonia (1993), Morocco (1987), Peru (1975), Spain (1993, 1995, 1997), Turkey (1996) and Israel (1973-2002). All the recordings are catalogued at the National Sound Archives at the National and University Library.

Lecturer at the Tel Aviv University (Department of Musicology), at the Music Teachers Seminar, at the University of Alcala (Spanich Studies Department in Israel), and at the Bar Ilan University (Salti Center for Ladino Studies). Since 2001 lecturer at the Haifa University (Department of Music).

1989-2003: Supervisor of Music Education of the Tel Aviv District, Ministry of Education and Culture.

1992-1997, 2004: grants from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Science for research at the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas) in Madrid.
1998-2004: Interdisciplinary projects at the CSIC and at the Seminario Menendez Pidal, field work in Castilla-Leon, Cantabria, Asturias, Andalucia, etc.

Courses and conferences in Spain on the subject of Sephardic oral tradition (at the Universidad de Cadiz, Universidad de Zaragoza, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Summer Teachers' courses in Jerez, Madrid, Salamanca, etc.).

Recently, opening conference at the Jornadas de Patrimonio Historico-Musical in Cordoba, on the Sephardic Romancero.

Spanish Culture Ministry research grants for a comparative study of Sephardic and Spanish Oral tradition. Interdisciplinary project at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain.

Both yoga and writing offer ways to deepen my self-understanding, continue growing, live consciously, and share what I've learned with others.

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Awards and Recognitions
European Folklore Prize for her Work on the Moroccan Sephardic Romancero

Order of Civil Merit, given by King Philip VI of Spain

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