American Democracy Inspires Jewish Music

Meira Warshauer Look to the Light will be performed on November 12 at Princeton University as part of American Democracy Inspires Jewish Music and Poetry Program

Meira Warshauer’s Look to the Light for SATB and piano, with text by
Rabbi Dan Grossman will be performed by Sharim V’Sharot, central New
Jersey’s select Jewish choir, Elayne Robinson Grossman, Music Director,
as part of their “American Democracy Inspires Jewish Music and Poetry”
program on Sunday, November 12 – 1:00 PM in Frist Hall on the campus of
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. Look to the Light portrays
Chanukah themes of light and freedom through the lens of American
experience, with references to George Washington and Billings, Montana.

This program is free and open to the public, however reservations are
required. For reservations and more information, call (609) 443-1623 or

In addition to the musical portion of the program, Robert Reinstein,
Dean of The Beasley School of Law, Temple University will discuss the
exercise of free speech, religion, and the right to petition for the
redress of grievances as guaranteed by the Constitution. Esther Schor,
Professor of English, Princeton University, joins Elayne Robinson
Grossman in discussing and performing poetry and music inspired by the
First Amendment. More about this online at

Sharim V’Sharot’s mission is to perform the music of the Jewish people
and to impart the passion of Jewish life through the experience of fine
musical performances. The program on November 12 is supported by the “We
the People” initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities
through a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. The “We
the People” initiative supports projects that advance the study,
teaching, and understanding of American history and culture. This
program is also co-sponsored by the Program in Judaic Studies and the
Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University; The Beasley School of
Law, Temple University; The United Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer
Bucks; Rider University’s Hillel; and the Sharim V’Sharot Foundation.
Visit them online at

Meira Warshauer’s compositions have been performed and recorded to
critical acclaim throughout the United States and in Israel, Europe, and
Asia. A graduate of Harvard, New England Conservatory of Music, and the
University of South Carolina, Dr. Warshauer studied composition with
Mario Davidovsky, Jacob Druckman, William Thomas McKinley, and Gordon
Goodwin. She has received numerous awards from ASCAP as well as the
America Music Center, Meet the Composer, and the South Carolina Arts
Commission. In 2000, she received the first Art and Cultural Achievement
Award from the Jewish Historical Society of S. Carolina.

Dr. Warshauer is a Visiting Lecturer at Columbia College, Columbia,
South Carolina . Her CDs include the soundtrack to the documentary Land
of Promise: The Jews of South Carolina and Spirals of Light, chamber
music and poetry (by Ani Tuzman) on themes of enlightenment, on the Kol
Meira label and “Revelation” for orchestra, included on the MMC CD
Robert Black Conducts. Her music is published by Oxford University
Press, MMB Music, World Music Press and Kol Meira Publications. Her
latest Bracha Newsletter is online at You can
find much more about her at