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Miriam Gerberg papers

Identifier: PA165

Scope and Contents

Collection contains programs, publicity, administrative documents, and audio/video recordings from composer Miriam Gerberg.


  • 1980-2000

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Restrictions on Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Restrictions on Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical Note

Miriam Gerberg is an ethnomusicologist, composer, performer and educator with specialties in Middle Eastern and Japanese musics, and applied ethnomusicology. Her graduate study was at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She has studied Arabic classical music with Simon Shaheen, George Sawa, Jamal Sinno, and AJ Racy, and Japanese koto with Michiyo Yagi, Masayo Ishigure and Ikuko Yuge. She was Director of Outreach in UCLA’s Department of Ethnomusicology from 1998- 2002 and has been teaching world musics at Hamline University since 2005. She also founded the Minnesota Global Arts Institute which produces world music concert series, workshops and residencies. Miriam regularly performs world musics, recently with her Middle East group Ensemble Mezze and traditional Japanese koto with Green T Productions.

She has written commissions for chamber orchestra, opera, music theater, theater, choirs and for dance which have been performed across the U.S., in Israel, Palestine, Holland, Australia, Japan and Sumatra. As a music theater composer she has worked on productions and had original works produced at theaters, colleges and opera companies in Minnesota, Connecticut, Washington State and New York. Her concert compositions have included commissions written for, among others: Taiseer Elias of El F’waar, Israel, Michiyo Yagi of Tokyo, Ben Pasaribu of Medan, Sumatra, the Minnesota Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Schubert Club.


4.5 Linear Feet (4 record cartons, 1 flat box)


Collection contains programs, publicity, administrative documents, and audio/video recordings from composer Miriam Gerberg.

Physical Location

High Bay


Donated to the Performing Arts Archives by Miriam Gerberg in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff in 2019.

Miriam Gerberg papers
Kathryn Hujda
January 2019
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