Wednesday, December 28, 2016 — Annual Channukah Concert with the Seth Kibel Quartet
409 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
8 to 10 pm
Chanukah’s Coming. Each year we post some new Chanukah YouTubes. Here’s one with Sidor Belarsk, z”l, singing
Borekh ato zingt der tate (Borekh Ato Sings My Dad),” written by the great poet Avrom Reyzen, with music by Solomon Golub. from the website “Yiddishkayt”.
Lenka Lichtenberg & Fray appears in NYC Dec. 6, 2016
Jalopy Theater and School of Music!! 315 Columbia Street Brooklyn, New York 11231
phone 718.395.3214 www.jalopy.biz
Workshop 6:30-8:00pm ($25)
Concert at 8:30pm ($15)
Come celebrate her new album Yiddish Journey
Toronto based, Czech born Lenka Lichtenberg singer, composer, songwriter, and chazanit. She has produced numerous recordings based on the European experience, including Yiddish songs, and her CD Breathing Walls, where she visited many old synagogues in Czech Republic, and joint projects with Yair Dalal.
Holly Montgomery, a singer-songwriter and bass player originally from Louisville, KY, transplanted to L.A. and then again to Washington DC., has just released her EP, “Book of our Tribe” under the project name “Eve Rising”. The recording is available at: The iTunes link is: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/book-of-our-tribe-ep/id1166351100, but it also has a page on her music site: http://www.hollymontgomerymusic.com/eve-rising.
Holly has her own band HOLLY, which recorded 3 albums, played at the House of Blues. She also played in a band called Big Planet that was awarded “Best Acoustic Band in Los Angeles by the National Academy of Songwriters. Holly relocated to DC, where she recorded two albums and wrote the theme songs for several major charities.
Her Jewish-themed music is completely modern, completely original, and in English.…
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The Jewish Music Forum of The AmericanSociety for Jewish Music
“Israel in Three Anthems”
Michael A. Figueroa, Assistant Professor of Music, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Discussant: Brigid Cohen, Assistant Professor of Music, NYU
Monday, November 28th at 7pm. at the Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011. Tickets are free and all programs are open to the public. Please rsvp to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This talk discusses how three anthems—“Ha-Tikva,” “L’Internationale,” and “Yerushalayim shel Zahav”— have helped shaped Israeli society, analyzing these songs as performances of collectivity representing the multifaceted nature of Zionism and the shifting political landscape in Israel.
Michael A. Figueroa is an ethnomusicologist whose work resides at the intersection of music and political consciousness in Middle Eastern and African American contexts.
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It is sad news to report the passing today, November 20, 2016, of Reb Ben Zion Shenker z”l. Reb Shenker was renowned as the composer of over a thousand songs in the chassidic tradition, at least 400 in the Modzitzer style. Shenker was born in Brooklyn in 1925. As a child, he participated in the synagogue choir led by cantor Joshua Samuel Weisser [Pilderwasser], then a leading cantor in country. In the late 1930s, Weisser aided his appearance on radio and helped set the stage for Shenker to study composition and music theory. While his parents were from nearby Lubin, Shenker became known for helping preserve the Modzitzer musical tradition of chassidic song after meeting the Modzitzer rebbe (Rabbi Saul Taub) in NY in 1940. He started transcribing many of the melodies sung by the rebbe and others in that community becoming essentially “musical secretary” for the dynasty. …
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“The American Musicological Society’s purpose is to advance scholarship in the various fields of music through research, learning, and teaching. To do this, it publishes a Journal, holds an Annual Meeting, supports books in musicology, and offers a broad array of grants, fellowships, and awards throughout the year.”
“The aim of ADAM is to preserve information about projects in digital musicology that were ground-breaking in their time but lack a substantial online presence. Projects end for a variety of reasons: discontinuation of funding, insurmountable changes of technology, or the retirement of a director. These projects remain stand-outs for the careful musical thinking that underlies them and the innovative approaches they introduced. For curated digital and hybrid editions, see EVE: Electronic and Virtual Editions.”
“The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.”
The Canadian University Music Society (MusCan, formerly CUMS) / Société de musique des universités canadiennes (MusCan, formerly SMUC) was incorporated in 1989 provides a meeting-place for administrators and faculty of both university music programmes and professional schools of music to exchange views and discuss common problems.
“This website provides links to substantial open-access projects of use to musicians and musicologists. With a burgeoning number of digital resources available, remembering titles of sites and pathways to them can be difficult. Digital Resources in Musicology (DRM) is organized topically and provides a rapid search tool for specialties within heterogeneous collections. Neither the links nor their descriptions are exhaustive.”
“The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level. MLA publishes the journal Notes, the world’s leading journal in its field.”
“Founded in 1973, NEDCC is the first independent conservation laboratory in the nation to specialize exclusively in treating collections made of paper or parchment, such as works of art, photographs, books, maps, manuscripts, and more. The Center
offers conservation treatment, digital imaging, and audio preservation services, as well as training, consultations, and disaster advice for collections.”
Fourth Boston Byzantine Music Festival
Saturday, November 12, 7:30 pm
First Church Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
Sacred Voices, Sacred Traditions
CAPPELLA CLAUSURA (Amelia LeClair, Director)
HOLY CROSS ST. ROMANOS THE MELODIST BYZANTINE CHOIR (Grammenos Karanos, Director)
KOL AREV (Lynn Torgove, Artistic Director, Amy Lieberman, Music Director)
Performers present the medieval, post-medieval, and contemporary liturgical and paraliturgical music of Christianity and Judaism, including works by the ninth-century Byzantine nun Kassia, the Renaissance lutenist Sulpitia Cesis, the German composer of Jewish liturgical music Louis Lewandowski, and the contemporary composers Joseph Ness and Arvo Pärt.
KOL AREV will be joined by soloist Cantor Elías Rosemberg and violinist Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh, klezmer clarinetist Cantor Becky Khitrik, and accordionist Michael Mclaughlin.
Tickets: $25 • Students: $10 with valid ID
Limited box office sales on the day of performances: $30 per concert (check or credit card only).…
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7th WORLD CHOIR FESTIVAL ON MUSICALS
21st- 23rd April, 2017
Organization : Choir “KORAIS”
The “KORAIS” Choir has the pleasure to invite you in a Festival of joy that is going to take place on April 21-23, 2017 in Thessaloniki. This city of Northern Greece, well-known for its nice Mediterranean climate, open-hearted people and a long history that left behind a lot of ancient monuments, can promise you an unforgettable stay, full of exciting experiences.
Moreover, the love and support expressed by the numerous Musical Festival followers as well as the warm and friendly welcome of the Organization Committee create a unique atmosphere of enthusiasm that contributes to an unforgettable experience.
Key information about the Festival
The Festival is addressed to all types of choirs and vocal ensembles from all over the world.…
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Klezmer: Music, History and Memory: Aesthetic and Cultural Dimensions
published by Oxford University Press, Fall 2016
Lecture and Musical program
Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
A lecture and musical program with Dr. Walter Zev Feldman (author, cimbal) and Deborah Strauss (violin)
This event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, and is generously sponsored by the Dorot Jewish Division in cooperation with Yiddish New York and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.
From the NYPL announcement:
Emerging in 16th century Prague, the klezmer became a central cultural feature of the largest transnational Jewish community of modern times – the Ashkenazim of Eastern Europe.…
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Sunday, October 30, 2016 2-3:30pm
Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002
Composer, conductor, professor, and activist Daniel Asia talks about the origins of Yiddish song in Eastern European culture, its continuation on the American scene in the music of Yiddish composer Lazar Weiner, and its influence on Asia’s own award-winning music.
This event is free and open to the public.
Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu is excited and proud to announce their New CD “Scalerica de oro” which was launched on the 4th of September 2016, at the International Jewish Day, in Geneva. After working hard for two whole years, recording, editing, searching and exploring, Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu finally has the result! The new CD is available for sale at web-site: www.mlat.org <http://www.mlat.org> .* There are some sample tracks that are from the CD so that you can enjoy the music and decide if you like it enough in order to order one!
Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu
Esteban Manzano– tenor
Doret Florentin– recorder
Tulio Rondón– viola da gamba
Dieter Hennings– guitar
Juan Martínez– percussion
Event title: The Legacy of Robert Moevs; includes Elijah’s Chariot for string quartet and electronics from shofar sounds by Judith Shatin
Event date: Nov 13, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Address: Shindell Choral Hall, 79 George St. City/Town: New Brunswick, NJ Country: US – United States State: NJ New Jersey Zip Code: 08901
This concert features Composition Teachers and Students at Rutgers University. Distinguished composer Robert Moevs, in whose honor the concert was conceived, was the first composition teacher of Judith Shatin, now William R. Kenan Professor of Music at the University of Virginia. In turn, her PhD advisee, Steven Kemper, is now Assistant Professor of Music at Rutgers University. This concert features music for string quartet, in Shatin’s case with electronics fashioned from recordings of Shofar calls, and shows the circle continuing.…
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Seth Kibel Trio
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Great Sage (vegan restaurant!)
5809 Clarksville Square Drive, Clarksville, MD 21029
8 to 10 pm
No cover, but 1/2 price bottles of wine while we perform!
Seth Kibel, plus Sean Lane
on piano, Bob Abbott
on bass, and a special appearance from guest vocalist Julie Kurzava
. Maybe a few other guest appearances, as well!
Andre Hajdu, one of the leading lights of Israeli music, passed away in Israel, August 1, 2016. His funeral will be in Jerusalem. His music and his teaching affected generations of Israeli musicians and composers. Born in Hungary on March 5, 1932, Hajdu’s education started in Budapest. He studied with well known musicians, including Zoltan Kodaly for ethnomusicology. Hajdu grew up under the oppressive Soviet occupation and Communist regimes in Hungary. He escaped during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 to France. It was there he was able to study with some of the most renowned composers in the world, such as Darius Milhaud and Olivier Messiaen. He was also able to experience freedom of religion and follow his Jewish heritage. In 1966, with the encouragement of Israel Adler, Hajdu visited and settled in Jerusalem, Israel.…
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June 9, 2016
Washington, D.C. At the Hungarian Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, D.C., Klezmer musician Frank London was awarded the Hungarian Medal, the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Knights Cross (in Hungarian: Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend) for his contributions to traditional and ongoing culture.
The Azrieli Music Project (AMP), a Canadian philanthropic organization, announced that composer Wlad Marhulets is the winner of the inaugural Azrieli Prize in Jewish Music for his Klezmer Clarinet Concerto. Marhulets, who submitted a completed orchestral work on a Jewish theme or subject – along with applicants from around the world – has been granted the second of two $50,000 prizes, which were offered for the first time by the Azrieli Foundation. In September 2015, the Azrieli Music Project announced that Brian Current was the winner of the inaugural Azrieli Commissioning Competition for Canadian composers. Marhulets’s 2009 concerto and Current’s newly created work, The Seven Heavenly Halls, will both be performed at the Azrieli Music Project Inaugural Concert by Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Maestro Kent Nagano on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Maison symphonique de Montréal.…
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Sing. Create. Explore.
Interested in Jewish music and liturgy? Deepen your understanding and hone your musical skills. Week-long classes in June and July.
“We’re delighted to offer this intensive music training to anyone with a love of Jewish liturgical music, who wants to hone their skills and add new ones to their repertoire,” said Cantor Brian Mayer, dean of the School of Jewish Music.
Classes will be taught by School of Jewish Music faculty, as well as guest instructors who are specialists in their fields. Among the class offerings are:
- Teaching and Leading Songs in Contemporary Synagogue Worship, with Cantor Jeff Klepper
- Building Spiritual Communities, with Shir Yaakov Feit , singer, composer and specialist in Renewal-style repertoire
- Niggun and Klezmer, with renowned Klezmer musician Rabbi Sruli Dresdner
- Teaching Music, with singer/educator Ellen Allard
- Sacred Drumming, with teacher/percussionist Mitch Gordon
- Shabbat and Weekday Nusach, with Cantors Brian Mayer and Becky Wexler Khitrik CAN ‘14
- Accompanied Repertoire for Shabbat, with guest instructors including Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer HCRS ’14, Rav-Hazzan Neil Blumofe, Cantor Marcie Jonas CAN ’10, and Rabbi Ebn Leader
In addition to offering courses, the Prayer Leader Summer Institute will also offer An Evening of Klezmer Music with Sruli & Lisa on Tuesday June 28 at 7:30pm.…
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Binyumen (“Ben”) Schaechter will be performing this weekend at Carnegie Hall ! The show is called The Best of Anna Deavere Smith and is part of the opening weekend of festivities and performances to usher in the brand new 650-seat “jewel” Zankel Hall. Ben has been asked to be onstage to provide simultaneous Yiddish translation for two of her monologues, alternating lines and passages with Anna.
When: Saturday evening, September 13, 2003, 7:00 PM
Where: Zankel Hall, Seventh Avenue, between 56 and 57 Sts, NYC
The Yiddish Studies Program at Columbia University Presents Three Concerts: October 20, November 10 and December 8, 2003.For more information, contact Jeff Warschauer at (718) 399-1147 email@example.com
The Zamir Choral Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to the promotion, advancement and perpetuation of the Jewish people through the music of its people, specifically Jewish choral music. Originally founded as an individual choir in 1960, the Zamir Chorale sparked a renewal of the Jewish choral movement, and the creation of several choirs with similar goals. Zamir, as a choral foundation, now provides unique leadership in the sustenance, development and advancement of the Jewish choral tradition in North America. The website contains information on the annual choral festival held each year.
“The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, dedicated to fostering Jewish identity and participation in Jewish life, among its members through Jewish, especially Yiddish, culture and education, friendship, mutual aid and the pursuit of social and economic justice.” The Jewish Workmen’s Circle sponsors concerts of Yiddish and other Jewish music. They also publish CDs, films and videos with music in Yiddish and English. The Book Center sells songbooks and CDs in Yiddish and of themtic concern to Arbeter Ring.
“The Jewish Music Institute, formerly the Jewish Music Heritage Trust is a leading promoter of Jewish music in Britain. Since its work began, in 1983, the organization has gained recognition on the concert platform, in education and in community relations. The Institute encourages musicians, composers and scholars who are today rediscovering and extending the Jewish repertoire and helping to reveal the role Jewish traditions have played in the history of music.” The website links to their YouTube channel and facebook sites.
With uptodate news and twitter feed, this website is current to the mission of the commission to Los Angeles. “Since 1982, creating new opportunities for the performance of Jewish music, encouraging and educating composers to write new Jewish music, and bringing Jewish music to new audiences.” and the sponsoring the Jewish Creative Arts Festival and the Max Helfman Institute.
Founded in 1967, IMS furthers musicological research and aids in the musical life in Israel. There are about 200 IMS members in Israel. IMS publishes Min-ad: Israel Studies in Musicology Online. The IMS is supported by the Musicology Departments of the Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University. Dr. Elisheva Rigbi is the current Chairperson of the society.
A Jewish songleaders page offering articles and announcements for youth group and lay songleaders. Information for leaders of youthgroup singing and other events. Information for leaders of youth group singing and other events.
The Guild of Temple Musicians is an educational and networking organization for synagogue musicians, affiliated with the American Conference of Cantors. It publishes a newsletter and offers workshops for members, as well as an annual convention. The Guild sponsors the Young Composer’s Award for the creation of serious works of Jewish music suitable for worship and/or the concert stage. In addtion, with the American Conference of Cantors, the Guild also runs the Generation to Generation Award to encourage High School musicians to create new works of music. The president for the 2010-2011 term is Aryell Cohen. He is the contact person at the address and phone below.
The Guild of Temple Musicians
5301 Balboa Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
The Klezmer-gesellschaft e.V. is a union of artistic amateurs, semiprofessional and professional musicians as well as friends and patrons of mutual cultural and artistic concerns. The klezmer-gesellschaft endeavours to take up and to support actual and traditional musical styles of different cultures. The klezmer-gesellschaft e.v. has been founded in 1990 in Berlin as a non-profit society. World famous clarinetist Giora Feidman is one of approx. 150 members. The page offers record reviews, links to webpages of musical groups, radio programs, and audio samples.
The Union for Reform Judaism, founded in 1873 as the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, publishes music and supplies needed educational materials to over 900 congregations and individuals throughout the world. It helps coordinate programs and activities for the Reform movement’s synagogue arm, including training for musicians, publication of music, festivals and events, consultation and education for accessing musical materials for congregations.
L’Association AMJ: Les Amis de la Musique Juive –Friends of Jewish Music in Geneva, Switzerland sponsor exhibits, concerts, lectures, debates and music workshops. The organization’s goals are to share the breadth and depth of Jewish music with a larger audience. Events are open to all, but members get a discount on ticket prices. The types of music sponsored include liturgical, vocal and instrumental, operetta, popular songs, Israeli, and theater music. Their website is offered in English, French and German.
ASJM is a non-profit organization for all interested in Jewish music. Members include cantors, composers, educators, musicologists, ethnomusicologists, historians, performers, librarians and others interested in the field. Organizational memberships include libraries, universities, and synagogues. The Society presents a series of musical programs covering a wide range of Jewish music: sacred, secular, folk, concert and theater, often held at the Center for Jewish History in New York City. The Society also arranges and presents lectures on Jewish music by experts in their field. The American Society for Jewish Music publishes Musica Judaica, a scholarly journal in Jewish music. A quarterly Newsletter is also distributed to members. To encourage new compositions and performances, the Society established the Cantor Aaron J. Caplow Composition Competition which awards prizes for new Jewish works and assures their performance in the Society’s Annual Contemporary Composers’ Concert.…
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Thanks to ORT, there is the Online Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutor. The entire Torah, and Haftorah sections, verse by verse, are available online with sound files, Hebrew with trop, and Hebrew text as it appears in a tikkun to practice. The English translation and transliteration appear next to each text. The site is also divided by traditional reading sections of the Jewish Torah service and cycle. A section on “singing” allows the reader to learn the trop with sound files, Western notation and highlighted Hebrew text. This is a complete site for learning to chant Torah portions.
“The WCN… is an open resource to any working, aspiring, or retired woman cantor who enjoys sharing, learning, singing and praying as a unique community. The WCN supports each other in struggles and to celebrate our accomplishments. WCN has grown into a membership of over 300 women and men from the U.S. and Canada. Lists the purposes of the cantor’s network and information about their conferences. Contact information on the website
A leading chantorial training institute in Tel Aviv, graduating cantors and ba’alei tefillah who lead services in synagogues all around the world. The choir of 30 voices is lead by Naftali Hershtik. The website features, tour dates, concerts, publications and news, although not always kept up to date.
The School of Sacred Music trains cantors for the Reform movement.
An organization of cantors working on reclaiming the cantorial tradition for the 21st century. They hold yearly retreats with workshops and concerts intended to encourage a revival of the cantorial arts. Information about the retreats, schedules, photos and more are available on the website.
French website on famous cantors of the region, with history, pictures and some sound clips. In 2001, Michel Heymann, cantor in Luxembourg was name President of l’Association Europienne des Ministres Officiants, an organization which specializes in Jewish liturgy for the eastern part of France and surrounding areas. Sound clips include various elements in the Ashkenaz tradition from different holidays.
“Designed to prepare cantors who are educator-scholars as well as spiritual leaders, Hebrew College’s Cantor-Educator Program combines coursework leading to both a Master of Jewish Education (MJEd) and Cantorial Ordination within a transdenominational setting.” Hebrew College’s program started as an accredited school with Masters and Doctoral programs in Judaic Studies and Education and 10 years ago opened the Jewish Music Institute where both para-professional and professional cantor-educators are trained. The first graduating class of Hazzanim was 2006. The Jewish Music Institute (JMI) supports “educators, cantorial soloists and other interested students” to “engage the world of Jewish music through the academic courses and certificate programs. Courses range from a historical survey of Jewish music to cantorial recitatives for the Sabbath and High Holidays, from Ashkenazic prayer chant to Yiddish and Klezmer music performance styles.” In addition to materials for the study of Jewish education and general Jewish studies, the Gann Library of Hebrew College, now houses the New England division of the American Jewish Historical Society.…
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The Miller Cantorial School trains cantors in the Conservative movement.
The Jewish Ministers Cantors Association of America (also known as the Chazzanim Farband) is the oldest cantorial organization in America. History, news and conference information.
The complete cycle of nusach for worship are here, online, and for free. Broken down into individual pieces, there are 725 different tracks to cover not only Shabbat, but the entire weekday, festival and high holiday services. If you are a person who needs to learn the nusach to lead a service, this is THE place. It’s a completely easy way to find the exact passage in the siddur and follow along. Highly Recommended.
American. Cantor. songwriter. Born into a musical family with mother Rita Shore and father Ira Shore. BA Florida International University. Recorded CDs “My Soul” and “Quiet Time”. Has a Purim Spiel website where various spiels can be viewed, listened to or purchased. Served as a cantor for Hillel in Miami, Florida. Currently cantor at Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida. Member of the Guild of Temple Musicians, the Cantor’s Association of Florida and the Women’s Cantors Network. Her website has a unique cantorial teaching area with Torah portions(broken down into a triennial cycle) and various prayers and blessings. Learners can listen to these various items online. Her website features a biography, a list of recordings and a link to the Congregation B’nai Israel website.…
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Shulmusic is a website devoted to music of the synagogue and all Jewish liturgical music. The aim of the site is to become a global resource for Jewish liturgical music. Musical scores for various holidays and events are provided online. This website also has a complete (1922) edition of Schir Zion by Solomon Sulzer.
Nusach can be heard at 11am and 10pm eastern time. It is a show “dedicated to the art of the chazzanut both classical and modern.” Host is Winston Weilheimer.Nusach Radio features three channels on live365.com. Included is a radio show for children. They feature 24 hour Internet radio programming in religious music, including a show of classical cantorial music on Thursdays and Sundays.
An online tutorial to teach cantillation for both Torah trop and Haftorah trop. Includes the Hebrew, symbols and musical score and sound samples. This site is sponsored by World ORT Union.
A Dutch website with excerpts of cantorial singing in the Dutch tradition, the Western Sefardic Music Tradition. According to Barry Mehler, the musical director of Santo Serviço (Portuguese Synagogue Choir), the melody of Mizmor leDavid was composed on commission for the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam just after the turn of the (20th) century by Victor Schlesinger.
by Hazzan Jack Kessler. A book-and-cd package designed as an easy-access method to fluid Torah chant. The method begins with the trop sung as a niggun to become grounded in the melody before engaging the ‘nuts and bolts’ of trop signs, and continues with many practice examples from Torah.
Nusach CDs: Nusach Ha-Tefilla is the collection of traditional nusach for the entire Jewish liturgical year by Hazzan Jack Kessler. The recordings combine the basic melodic material, sung in a straight-ahead, non-florid way in the appropriate mood for each service, with a wide range of havurah-style melodies for group participation. The series may be purchased in holiday blocks. Hazzan Kessler may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-849-9227.
Another website with Torah trop, this time in electronic midi files. They also sell tapes. The website has a portion each week.
by Joshua R. Jacobson. A thorough handbook devoted to learning Torah chant to “leyenen” Torah. See the JMWC Review. “Joshua Jacobson’s masterpiece — the comprehensive 1000-page guide to cantillation — is now available in this condensed, 300-page, user-friendly paperback edition. It is an ideal instructional guide for adult and young-adult students of Torah, for b’nai mitzvah students; and for cantors, rabbis, and Jewish educators of all denominations.” For information on this student verison of CHB available from Jewish Ppublication Society.
An organization dedicated to preserving chazzonus and sponsoring concerts of cantorial music, primarily in the United States.
The Belz School trains cantors and is affiliated with Yeshiva University.
New Cantorial school which has finished its first year of teaching the art of Chazzanut. Located at the Baldwin Jewish Center in Baldwin, New York.
Cantorial training: Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal has a learning program. The program, directed by Hazzan Jack Kessler, includes the full range of traditional nusach and stresses making tradition relevant in our time through the power of music and service leading skills. Also please go towww.elatchayyim.org and click on ‘Davenning Leaders Training Institute’ under “Training Institute”, a required part of the Aleph program.
The Academy of Jewish Religion, located at 15 West 86th Street, New York, trains cantors in a Jewish pluralistic environment. Cantors are trained to “lead dynamic, spiritually uplifting, meaningful religious services in all denominational liturgies and nusach.”
A very comprehensive website about chazzanut, from Irwin Oppenheim in the Netherlands. This site has many features, including biographical materials on major cantors, notated nusach, a discography, a list of online archives and directories, but also a very important historic collection of scanned documents and manuscripts of famous cantors. Articles can be in German, Dutch or English. Yossele Rosenblatt’s Recitatives, Sam Englander Piano Arrangements, Isaac Heymann’sPsalms, and more.
Samples of chazzanut from the Sephard traditions in Amsterdam, this site includes sound clips from Shabbat, High Holidays, the Regalim and some minor festivals.
The Jewish Workman’s Circle continues to publish not only books, but music, cassettes, and videos for children and adults. They publish in Yiddish and English.
The URJ (Union of Reform Judaism), formerly known as UAHC, (Union of American Hebrew Congregations), includes a digital music store, CD’s, and scores. They are affiliated with SoundsWrite and Transcontinental Publications
“Transcontinental Music Publications/New Jewish Music Press, the music publishing arm of the Reform movement, publishes a wide variety of musical materials for synagogue and home use. Since it is the largest publisher of Jewish choral music in the world, it serves as the single most important resource for all community groups such as schools, universities,churches, and libraries.” Catalog is now online. The Transcontinental catalog is also distributing music from the Cantors Assembly (Conservative). Ordering information included at site.
URJ Books & Music
633 Third Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10017-6778
The Tara Publications website. Tara Publications is both a publisher and distributor of Jewish music of all genres. Their website includes access descriptions of scores, books and sound recordings. An extensive list of excerpts from recordings are available using Real Audio. The site includes a collection of brief biographical sketches of artists and composers of materials they are selling. Their page links to websites of active recording and performance artists and groups.
Provides information and distribution of the recordings, song books and videos of Debbie Friedman, Julie Silver, and Randee Friedman. Fans of these Jewish women songwriter/singers will find this a very convenient site. Children’s music is designated by a special icon. Distributes recordings of dozens of other artists.
Shulmusic is a website devoted to music of the synagogue and all Jewish liturgical music. The aim of the site is to become a global resource for Jewish liturgical music. Musical scores for various holidays and events are provided online.
Ari Davidow at his Klez Shack site has amassed a list of sheet music publishers and vendors involved with klezmer and chassidic music.
This site provides scores of klezmer music directly on the web with pdf files. It also includes links to websites of klezmer bands in the Seattle and greater northwest area and a few recipes. (presumably to eat after you play the music).
Publishers of music from over 100 Israeli composers. Also the site of the Israel Brass Woodwind Publications.Or-Tav is an independent publisher. “…publications include original compositions, arrangements of classical works, ethnic and educational music, collections of Israeli songs, and books on musical topics.” Founded by Bruno Reinhardt. “Israel’s leading independent music publisher, specializing in music for solo instruments, ensembles, voice, and choir.”
Search by genres, instruments, ensembles, composers and more. Has many contemporary and traditional publications of Jewish music. Sheet Music-Jewish