Jonathan Rappaport

Title: Founder and Managing Editor
Company: Pro Canto Press
Location: Westborough, Massachusetts

Jonathan Rappaport, Founder and Managing Editor at Pro Canto Press, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art direction and education.

With over 50 years of experience to his credit, Mr. Rappaport has excelled as founder and managing editor at Pro Canto Press since 1983. He began his career as a music teacher at Haldane Central School from 1969 to 1973, and at Millbury Public Schools from 1976 to 1981. He contributed to Kodály Music in multiple positions including academic coordinator of the Kodaly Center of America from 1982 to 1985, co-director of the Kodály Music Institute at New England Conservatory from 1982 to 2016, co-director and co-founder of the Kodály Music Institute from 1998 to 2018, music director of the Cancion Chorus at the Kodály Music Summer Institute from 2004 to 2012, faculty of the Kodály Summer Institute at Lamar University from 2018 to 2019, and faculty of the Kodály Summer Certification Program at Lakeland University since 2023.

Mr. Rappaport found further success as a performing arts liaison at Worcester Public Schools from 1994 to 2004 and as executive director and head of school at the Conservatory Lab Charter School from 2004 to 2007. He was active as a faculty member at the New England Conservatory from 1996 to 2011, and as a music teacher and director at various organizations between 1985 and 2014. During this period, he was further associated with Arts|Learning, Inc. from 2008 to 2018 as executive director.

Before embarking on his professional path, Mr. Rappaport pursued an education at the University of Denver, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1969. He continued his academic efforts at the New England Conservatory of Music and obtained a master’s degree in music education in 1983. He concluded his studies by completing coursework towards a PhD in music education in 2004 at the University of Massachusetts. He holds a certificate in music education from Liszt Ferenc Zenemuvészeti Egyetem and a license to teach K-12 music in the State of Massachusetts. 

Beyond his responsibilities within the field, Mr. Rappaport has participated in numerous endeavors outside of his professional circles. He held the position of board member at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, Pro Musica, the Westborough Town Democratic Committee, the SMARTS Collaborative, and MASSCreative. He was co-chair of the Massachusetts Arts Education Advisory Council from 2010 to 2019 and president of Beth Tikvah Synagogue from 1997 to 2000. He authored or co-authored five publications, composed over 20 choral composition and three chamber instrumental works, and contributed to the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework and the Learning of Model Curriculum Unit for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

In addition to his primary vocation, Mr. Rappaport remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to his areas of expertise. He was chairman of the Massachusetts Alliance Arts Education, president of the Boston Area Kodaly Educators Association, and executive secretary of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators. He belongs to three fraternal organizations and is a board member, co-chair, and mass member-at-large of five professional councils and political committees.

In light of his impressive undertakings, Mr. Rappaport has accrued several accolades throughout his career. He has been presented with 10 awards, received three scholarships and grants, and been selected for multiple editions of Who’s Who in American Music, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and the International Who’s Who in Music.

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