Historian, musicologist, pianist
As a historian, musicologist, and trained pianist, James Loeffler has been actively involved in Jewish music for the past decade as a scholar, critic, and performer. He served as Pro Musica Hebraica’s research director during its first seven years and is now the organization’s Resident Scholar. He is currently Associate professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia, where he teaches modern Jewish history and culture. He is the author of The Most Musical Nation: Jews, Culture, and Modernity in the Late Russian Empire (Yale University Press).