Jonathan C. Rappaport, Pro Canto Press founder and managing editor, is Executive Director emeritus of Arts|Learning, a Massachusetts statewide non-profit organization that advocates for and promotes arts education and systemic education reform. He is the Co-Founder/Director emeritus of the Kodály Music Institute, Boston, MA, (founded 1998) where he teaches graduate-level conducting, advanced pedagogy, and materials analysis. He was formerly Head of School, Conservatory Lab Charter School (Boston, MA), and the Performing Arts Liaison of the Worcester (MA) Public Schools.
Jonathan is a conductor, educator, composer, pianist, singer, author, and consultant for school systems. He has served as the choral director of numerous schools, children’s festival honor choirs, churches, synagogues, and community choral groups. Rappaport has published over 20 choral works and 5 books, and is the recipient of awards for his work advocating for the arts in public schools and excellence in teaching from MA Music Educators, MA Alliance for Arts Education, MA Artists Leaders Coalition, New England Theatre Conference, and MA Art Educators Association. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organization of American Kodály Educators (2017). Jonathan has taught music, trained teachers nationally, presented at national, state, and international conferences in over a dozen U.S. states and in Canada, and directed choruses for 50 years.
Jonathan’s biography appears in past editions of the International Who’s Who in Music and Who’s Who in America. Graduate study has included work towards a PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (ABD); M.M. with honors from New England Conservatory; and a Kodály Certificate from the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary.