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composer , conductor , lecturer

Sholom Secunda, Russian composer, conductor, lecturer. Served with United States Naval Reserve Force, World War I.; Member A.S.C.A.P.


Secunda, Sholom was born on August 23, 1894 in Alexandria, Russia. Son of Abraham and Anna (Nedabelka) Secunda.


Came to the United States, 1908, naturalized, 1918. Student Cooper Union, New York City, 1912-1913, Columbia, 1913-1914, Institute Museum Art, 1914-1919.


Chorus boy comedy theatre, New York City, 1916-1917. Teacher music, 1915-1923. Composer, 1916-1974; archaeology conductor, 1917-1974.

Lecturer mus. subjects New York University, Hunter College, 1939-1974. Music director Brooklyn Jewish Center, 1947-1961, conductor annual summer symphony Concord Hotel. Professor music department Jewish Teachers Seminary, 1966-1974.

Music critic Jewish Daily Forward.


  • Other Work

    • Works include 60 oparettas, grand opera Sulemith, 1925. Bel Mir Bist du Schoen (most popular song 1939). Composer, conductor, producer pageants and similar shows for nat. orgns. at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, others.

      Composer scores for various films. Composer oratorios If Not Higher, 1964, Yizkor, 1967, Shabbat HamaikahPassover Festival Kol Nidre Service. Welcoming the Sabbath (Columbia records).

      Lichvod Hashabbat

    • String Quartet in C minor. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in C minor. Chamber, symphonic music.

      Various other recs.


Served with United States Naval Reserve Force, World War I. Member A.S.C.A.P.


Married Betty Almer, October 25, 1927. Children: Sheldon, Eugene.

Abraham Secunda

Anna (Nedabelka) Secunda

Betty Almer

Sheldon Secunda

Eugene Secunda