“Digby builds choral Golden Bridge at All Saints’ in Beverly Hills” in The Beverly Press and Park Labrea News, February 7, 2024.
Strimple’s world premiere of Homage á Thomas Weelkes was performed by The Golden Bridge and conducted by Suzi Digby OBE. Read the in-depth article about The Golden Bridge 10th anniversary concert here.
“LAZC Celebrates Nick Strimple at Adat Ari El” in The Beverly Hills Weekly, Issue 1261, November 30 – December 6, 2023, pp 6-7.
Strimple’s Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale farewell season kicked off on December 1, 2023. Read The Beverly Hills Weekly mention on pages 6 and 7 here.
“Nick Strimple – composer, conductor, scholar” by The Cross-Eyed Pianist on Meet the Artist, 14 June 2017. www.meettheartist.online.
“I am composing constantly in my head. Other than that there are two ways I compose depending on the time of year –” Read the Cross-Eyed Pianist’s interview here.
“Nick Strimple: Music and the Holocaust” by Bruno Wang in the Pureland Series Newsletter, 17 May 2017. www.purelandseries.com.
“The Pure Land Series welcomed world-renowned composer and conductor Dr Nick Strimple from the University of Southern California. Dr Strimple treated us to a fascinating and incredibly moving insight into the role played by music in the lives of those worst affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust during the Second World War.” Read Bruno Wang’s review here.
“Nick Strimple receives German-American Friendship Award” on the USC Thornton School of Music website, 13 December 2016. www.music.usc.edu.
Strimple was awarded the prestigious German-American Friendship Award and medal presented by Los Angeles Consul General Hans Jörg Neumann on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. Learn more about the German-American Friendship Award here.
“Choral Connoisseur: Beverly Hills’ Music Man Nick Strimple celebrates his 70th birthday” by Madelyn Pariser in The Beverly Hills Weekly, Issue 896, December 1 – 7, 2016, Cover Story.
Nick is interviewed about his composing history, introduction to Holocaust-related music, and his professorship in sacred and choral music. Read the Beverly Hills Weekly cover story here.
“Baylor Alumnus Honored for Achievements in Church Music” on the Baylor University website, 22 July 2016. www.news.web.baylor.edu.
“Nick Strimple has made his mark on the music of the church,” said Randall Bradley, D.M.A., Ben H. Williams Professor of Music and director of Baylor’s church music program. “His tireless work to build bridges among faith communities and to utilize music to foster reconciliation has served to move these discussions to new levels. As a choral conductor, he has conducted in many of the world’s most important halls, and he has worked with top-level choirs and singers. His scholarly work with 19th- and 20th- century choral music has set the standard in the field.” Read the entire Baylor press release here.
“USC To Host International Academic Conference and Concert on Music as a Tool of Resistance” on the USC Shoah Foundation website, 12 August 2015. www.sfi.usc.edu.
“Even in the harshest of conditions, people find ways to make music,” said Nick Strimple, a professor with USC Thornton School of Music and an expert on Holocaust music. “Music gives victims a power their perpetrators can’t take away. Even in World War II, there was a great body of work coming out of the camps. Yiddish folk songs are about life. As they were being brutalized, Jews wrote new songs about life in the ghettos and the camps.” Read the full USC Shoah Foundation press release here.
Pre-Publication Book Notes for “Jewish Resistance Against the Nazis” edited by Patrick Henry
“This volume puts to rest the myth that the Jews went passively to the slaughter like sheep. Indeed Jews resisted in every Nazi-occupied country—in the forests, the ghettos, and the concentration camps. The essays presented here consider Jewish resistance to be resistance by Jewish persons in specifically Jewish groups, or by Jewish persons working within non-Jewish organizations. Resistance could be armed revolt; flight; the rescue of targeted individuals by concealment in non-Jewish homes, farms, and institutions; or by the smuggling of Jews into countries where Jews were not objects of Nazi persecution. Other forms of resistance include every act that Jewish people carried out to fight against the dehumanizing agenda of the Nazis—acts such as smuggling food, clothing, and medicine into the ghettos, putting on plays, reading poetry, organizing orchestras and art exhibits, forming schools, leaving diaries, and praying. These attempts to remain physically, intellectually, culturally, morally, and theologically alive constituted resistance to Nazi oppression, which was designed to demolish individuals, destroy their soul, and obliterate their desire to live.
The contributors are among the most renowned Holocaust authorities in Israel, Europe, Canada, and the United States. The essays treat Jewish resistance in France, Belgium, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, the Yishuv, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Poland, Romania, the Ukraine, Belarus, Slovakia, and Hungary. Some essays describe children’s resistance and music as resistance. The authors explain why different types of resistance occurred in some places but not in others and how factors such as terrain played a vital role in why one type of resistance took place in some areas but was impossible elsewhere. The importance of chronology and the progress of the war are also considered. This comprehensive handbook will serve as an indispensable guide for Holocaust scholars and general readers.”
“Nick Strimple, Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church Music Director, to retire” in The Beverly Hills Weekly, Issue 710 May 9 – 15, 2013, p. 5.
Strimple talks about his career at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church and his work at USC where he is focused on a new curriculum for master’s and doctoral students. Read The Beverly Hills Weekly story here.
“High Achievement: 2013 Baylor Alumni Association Hall of Fame” in The Baylor Line, Winter 2013, p. 35.
The article highlights Strimple’s professional and academic achievements. Strimple received the Distinguished Alumni Award on January 25, 2013. Learn more about the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award. or read The Baylor Line story here.
“Holocaust Violins Live To Play Another Song” by Ken Garfield in Sojourners, 11 April 2012. www.sojo.net.
Originally published in the Washington Post, the article details “. . . how another voice from the past is telling the stories of the Holocaust. Violins that outlived the owners who played them in the death camps and Jewish ghettos are being brought back to life by Amnon Weinstein in his shop in Tel Aviv.” Read the full Holocaust Violins article here.