Singer/guitarist/songwriter Jacqueline Steiner has had a varied musical career. As part of the topical song movement, she co-wrote MTA (the Boston subway song) with renowned folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes. The song was made famous by the Kingston Trio. She also sang in hootenannies in New York City with such distinguished artists as Pete Seeger, Betty Sanders and Leon Bibb.
An accomplished linguist, Ms. Steiner has developed a broad repertoire, singing the songs of many people in nine languages. She has concertized widely, both here and abroad, and some of her recent appearances include Wesleyan University, the Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College, Jewish Currents magazine in New York City, the New York Labor History Association at New York University, Temple Sholom, New Milford, CT, and the Music Mondays series at Christ's Church, Rye, NY, where she gave a concert of folk songs and classical songs. She has also sung for the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the NAACP.
On New Year's Eve, 2000, she appeared jointly with folksinger Tony Saletan at Community Church, Boston, as part of Boston's First Night, in a program entitled "Charlie Rides the MTA into the New Millennium."
During the Vietnam War, Jackie Steiner released an album of original songs entitled No More War, called by Robert Sherman of radio station WQXR, New York, "a revelation: the work of a major artist." Her more recent CD, Far Afield: Songs of Three Continents, which includes her own rendition of "MTA," as praised by John Sweeney, critic of The Advocate/Greenwich Time as "folk music for connoisseurs."
In March of this year, Ms. Steiner received the Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen Memorial Award to Outstanding Women of Connecticut for her work in music, and her efforts for peace and equality.
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