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Dmitri (ZISL) Slepovitch, Ph.D.


2001 – 2006            Ph.D. in ethnomusicology and musicology (Jewish music in Eastern Europe), Belarusian State Academy of Music, Belarus

1996 – 2001            BA in Music, cum laude, Belarusian State Academy of Music, Belarus.



2001 – 2008            Systematic collecting (fieldwork) of Jewish musical folklore across Belarus and Lithuania.

Published over 20 articles and co-authored a book of articles on Jewish music in Eastern Europe.


Music:                       Musicology (Ph.D.), Composition, Keyboards (Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organ),

Reeds (Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, traditional woodwinds), Vocals, Conducting, Music Directing, Arrangement, Orchestration, Copying (Music engraving).

Languages:             Native fluency in Russian, Belarusian, and Polish. Proficient in Yiddish and Swedish

Fair in Hebrew, German, Dutch, Ukrainian. Reading comprehension in most Slavic and Germanic languages.

Computer:               Experienced PC/Mac user, including MS Office applications, Music notation editors (Finale),  Sound editing software (Garage Band, Sound Forge, Amadeus, SAW), Video editors (iMovie, Adobe Premiere, basic Final Cut skills). Field sound recording.



2011 — Present     The New School, Foreign Language Dept., Instructor, Yiddish Language and Culture

2011                          Kinder Ring camp of Workmen’s Circle, Hopewell Junction, NY. Accompanist / assistant instructor.

2010 — Present     Jewish Community House in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY.  Adult groups (60+).

–Yiddish class and Masterpiece class (art, composed music, and film)

2009 — Present     Private lessons – ear training, piano, and clarinet (age 2+).

2010 — 2011          Brandeis University. BIMA High School summer program for high school students, Waltham, MA

Community educator (music), age 14–18. Artist in Residence

2009                          SAR Academy, Bronx, NY. Teaching Yiddish songs at the music seminar (middle school, age 12–14).

2007 – 2008            Belarusian State Academy of Music, Minsk, Belarus. Assistant Professor of Musicology.

2001 – 2007            Belarusian State Academy of Music, Minsk, Belarus. Instructor of Musicology and Folklore studies.

2003 – 2007            National Music Pre-College School of the Belarusian State Academy of Music (age 5–18), Minsk, Belarus. Taught history of Russian and Belarusian music, musical analysis, and ear training.

2004 – 2007            Minsk Jewish Community Center, Minsk, Belarus. Coordinated, developed and taught workshops in Klezmer music and Yiddish song for youth and adults. As a co-leader of the Jewish Music Club, developed programming, lectured, performed, invited international and Belarusian artists and collaborated with international scholars in academic exchange programs.

2002 – 2006            Sefer – Moscow Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization. Taught courses in history of Jewish music at Jewish studies seminars for high-school students.

2002 – 2006            Intercollegiate Center for Jewish Education, St. Petersburg – Jerusalem. Taught courses in the history of Jewish music at academic seminars for high-school students.




2009 – Present       National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene, New York, NY. Music Consultant and Assistant to the Artistic Director.

2010                          National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene. Russian Outreach Coordinator (6 months experience).


2007                          Defiance, Paramount Vantage, Los Angeles, California, – Baltic Film Services, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Music consultant, studio musician, and actor musician.

2001                          The Burning Land, Juja Films Corp., Santa Monica, California – Belarus Film, Minsk, Belarus.

Music consultant, character actor.


2011                          Theatre for a New Audience, New York, NY. Clarinetist, flutist, Shlemiel the First musical.

Castillo Theatre, New York, NY.          Music Director, Actor, Clarinetist, The Learning Play of Rabbi Levi Itzchok, Son of Sara, of Berditchev.

2008 – Present       National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene, New York, NY.

Music Director, Clarinetist, Saxophonist, Pianist, Composer, and Arranger (Gimpel Tam, The Adventures of Hershele Ostropolyer, Di Tsvey Brider, Soul to Soul, New Voices of the Yiddish Stage)

2009 – 2010            Montclair State University, Monticlair, NJ. Rehearsal pianist and production copyist,

Shlemiel The First musical

2009                          Harvard Yiddish Players and National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene, New York, NY.

Additional editing and orchestrations for Shulamis.

2001 – Present       Founding and leading folk/ traditional music bands (New York, Minsk).

Founder, Artistic Director, clarinetist, and composer. Recorded 3 albums, featured on other 2.

2005                          “KlezmerShock!” Int’l Modern Jewish Music Festival, Minsk, Belarus. Co-Producer, Artistic Director

1991 – 2008            Simcha Jewish Youth Musical Theatre, Minsk, Belarus. Clarinetist, pianist, composer, arranger, band leader.




2012                          Funeral Season – a documentary by Matthew Lancit (in production), New York – Paris.

Lost & Found Project: DOROGA theater production (independent), New York

2011                          The Learning Play of Rabbi Levi Itzchok, Son of Sara, of Berditchev, Castillo Theatre, New York

Traveling the Yiddishland, Multimedia musical show, Director, Author, Composer. Produced by the National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene, New York.

2010                          Di Tsvey Brider (The Two Brothers), a one act ballet, commissioned by The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene. New York.

2008                          Co-scored music for a videogame “Operation Bagration,” Wargaming.Net. Minsk, Belarus.



2012                          Litvakus, band, eponymous EP (CD), Jewish folk music. Producer, Musician

2011                          Planets, with One Ring Zero, Guest musician.

2009                          Tutejsi / The Locals, CD/ book, Minsker Kapelye band, College of Eastern Europe, Poland.

2007                          Minsk – Kielce – Berlin, double CD with Minsker Kapelye and Paul Brody’s Sadawi. Ferment, Poland.

2006                          Kalykhanki (Lullabies), arranged and recorded a Yiddish lullaby. UNICEF, New York – Minsk.

The recording got the Album of the Year 2007 award, Belarus.

The Upward Flight. The Musical World of S. An-sky. Singer, field recording engineer. Stanford University Press.

2005                          Shine Brightly, Little Star, with Simcha Jewish Youth Music Theater, clarinetist, orchestrator, Minsk, Belarus.

2002                          A Fayerl Far Dem Hartsn, with Minsker Kapelye, band leader, musician, producer. Minsk, Belarus.

2001                          Songs of Sorrow and Joy, with Simcha Jewish Youth Music Theater, musician, arranger, band leader, Minsk, Belarus.

1997                          Simkha-Kören – with Simcha Jewish Youth Music Theater, musician, arranger, Erikshjälpen, Umeå, Sweden.


References available upon request.
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