In the 1990’s, Miss More began research into the Max Kowalski (1882-1956) a holocaust composer whose music caught her attention. She spent several years compiling his lost songs and traveled not only to Boston, Washington, D.C.’s Library of Congress, the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center and the Leo Baeck Organization in New York City but also to libraries and music stores in England and Germany to find lost song cycles. In addition, Miss More located both the daughter of the composer, Vera Parselle in England and the nephew, Michael Kowal in NYC.
She was able to introduce Mr. Kowal to a Publisher who specializes in German music and by 2004, 11 of Max Kowalski’s lost song cycles were reprinted in the United States, In each of the reprints, she and the nephew are cited for their contributions to bringing Kowalski’s songs back to the musical world. In 2006, Miss More was recognized by both the Berlin “Musica Reanimata and “Music of Supressed Artists in London.
These are two organizations that bring lost music of the Holocaust to life.
Miss More has taught some 24 years at the Newark School of the Arts and has been rotated with others as Chair of Voice. She has worked diligently at finding performance venues for her voice students as well as competitive events. Her students have won first and second prizes in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, New York and New Jersey chapters Student auditions for two straight years.
Miss More is also a talented songwriter and has produced three CDs (found for sale on CDBaby.com) and is busy reworking and polishing up new original material. Her newest musical project is to perform and record the lost song cycles of Max Kowalski. Her first of these recordings is now on CD Baby and affiliates entitled “Suzi More sings Max Kowalski (1882-1956) Opus 1. She is presently working on Opus 2 and it will be available soon. The other CDS available to date are “Blue” An eclectic recording of Jazz and Pop Ballads and “Up, Down, Turn Around” A compilation of years of original children’s songs which she wrote and sang in concerts.