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Adolph Katchko

Adolph KatchkoADOLPH KATCHKO (1886 – 1958), born in Varta, Kalisca, Russia, was a cantor, composer and teacher. He served as cantor at Congregation Ansche Hesed in New York and arranged many musical works. His archives are in the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary. His three-volume Thesaurus of Cantorial Liturgy, completed in 1952, is an important collection of cantorial chanting.

Cantor Katchko is the grandfather of Deborah Katchko-Gray, a fourth-generation cantor, the second woman to become a cantor in the Conservative Movement and the first woman cantor at Congregation Beth El in Norwalk, Conn. Cantor Katchko-Gray recently published Katchko: Three Generations of Cantorial Art, a songbook and CD that bring together three generations of cantors in her family. In addition to featuring Adolph Katchko’s cantorial compositions, the songbook includes family photos, memorabilia, and several lectures and speeches by Cantor Katchko on Jewish music, chazanut, and cantorial training and life.

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