Yale Institute of Sacred Music 
Maurice Amado Foundation Fellowship 

Research Topic

Melody Like a Confession: A Cultural History of the Cantorial “Golden Age”  


Jeremiah Lockwood is a scholar and musician, working in the fields of Jewish studies, performance studies, and ethnomusicology. Both his music performance and scholarship gravitate toward the Jewish liturgical music and Yiddish expressive culture of the early twentieth century, and the reverberations of this cultural moment in present day communities. Lockwood’s research considers the work of cantors as arbiters of social, intellectual, and aesthetic change in times of crisis and cultural transformation. Jeremiah received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2021. His book project, Golden Ages: Brooklyn Hasidic Cantorial Revival in the Digital Era (under contract with the University of California Press), illuminates the work of contemporary Hasidic cantors who embrace early twentieth-century cantorial music as a nonconforming aesthetic and spiritual practice that cuts against the grain of musical and social norms of American Jewish life. Jeremiah was a 2022–23 Yale Institute of Sacred Music Fellow, where he conducted research on the khazente phenomenon of gramophone-era women performers of cantorial music and composed a new piece of music responding to this fecund moment in Jewish musical history. Jeremiah has recorded more than a dozen albums over a music career that spans decades with his band The Sway Machinery and other projects. 

Selected publications

“Prayer and Crime: Cantor Elias Zaludkovsky’s Concert Performance Season in 1924 Poland,” In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies (2022).  

“A Cantorial Lesson: The Lineage of a Learning Encounter,” Studies in American Jewish Literature 38.1 (2019).  



This year is devoted to the study of sound and music as a part of Jewish life, and we are delighted to announce the cohort of scholars who will join us for a year of research, conversation, and engagement with the Penn community and with the public.