The Sound of Hope: Music During the Holocaust | Newberry

The Sound of Hope: Music During the Holocaust

Led by Kellie D. Brown
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Four sessions. Thursdays, October 28-November 18.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

In this course, we will focus on the stories of orchestras, composers, and musicians who stubbornly clung to music, wherever and however they could, to preserve their culture, to uplift the human spirit, and to triumph over oppression, even amid incredible tragedy and suffering. Throughout, we will strive to unify the historical, political, cultural, and sociological contexts of the camps, ghettos, and other war-torn locations with the music and musicians that forged indelible links with these places.

Four sessions. Registration – $195

Kellie Brown is a talented violinist, accomplished conductor, and inspiring music educator. She serves as Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Milligan University and devotes much time to writing and speaking on music during the Holocaust. She holds a Ed.D. from East Tennessee State University

Materials List


  • Kellie D. Brown, The Sound of Hope: Music as Solace, Resistance and Salvation During the Holocaust and World War II (McFarland, 2020). ISBN: 978-1-4766-7056-0.

First Reading:

  • The Sound of Hope: Music as Solace, Resistance and Salvation During the Holocaust and World War II, p. 1-78

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.