Competitions/Special Events

Composer Commission Opportunity

Kaplan Commissioning Project
Saint Mary’s University Concert Band

The ninth Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation Commission for a new Concert Band composition written by a composer of Jewish heritage is outlined below. Any questions prior to application submission should be directed to Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, Director of Bands, at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Amount of Commission:

• $7,000.00 plus travel/expense allowance for a campus residency at the premier of the composition.

Description of the Composition:

• The work will be scored for standard full Concert Band instrumentation, appropriate difficulty level for advanced high school bands and small college ensembles.

• Length of composition: approximately 5-8 minutes in length.

• The composition must be based on Jewish melodic or thematic material, either folk or religious sources.…

International Jewish Music Festival

International Jewish Music Festival
Amsterdam, May 4-8, 2017
Uilenburger Synagogue / DeLaMar theater
International Jewish Music Festival 2017

IJMF 2017 Amsterdam
Amsterdam is hosting the 20th International Jewish Music Festival (IJMF) from the 4th until 8th of May 2017. IJMF will welcome over 100 musicians from all around the world playing everything from World music to Rap, from Classical to Klezmer.
The competition is for both ensembles and individual musicians, whose music contain Jewish elements.
Besides music, there will be lots of activities for young and old. 
On May 8th, the big final will be held in the Wim Sonneveld hall in DeLaMar Theater. Here, winners will be pronounced and prizes will be handed out. 
International Concours
When it comes to Jewish music, IJMF is the only competition around the globe.


Blues for Challah

The 4th Annual B4C Jewish Grateful Dead Shabbaton is rollin’!
Featuring the one and only Robbi Cohn, Grateful Dead photographer
extraordinaire with a special Q&A and gallery exhibit. Two prayer
service options with Rabbi Jeff Marker (Renewal) and Rabbi Moshe Shur
(Orthodox). And of course, the One More Saturday Night Jam Session
extravaganza. Get on the bus!
Register today.

Shalshelet V–International Festival of Jewish Music

After two solid years, the Shalshelet V International Festival is coming to Miami, FL. Shalshelet, the Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a Festival that brings music of all genres and people of all denominations together through music and sacred text.

Sunday, February 17, 2013
10:00am until 9:00pm

The Festival will be held at Beth Torah Adath Yeshurun 20350 Northeast 26th Avenue Miami
and will include the Festival for Youth & Families, Shabbat in the Community, Festival Workshops, Festival Concert
37 Composers from around the world!
For more information:

Third International Jewish Music Competition

October 10-14, 2012 in Amsterdam!

Preparations for the Third International Jewish Music Competition are
in full swing. Mark you calendar and tell your friends to join us in
Amsterdam for the five-day festival, October 10-14, 2012. We’ll start
with a kickoff concert in the monumental Portuguese Synagogue (built
in 1675), followed by the three-day competition in the
elegant Compagnie Theater, with 24 ensembles from around the world.
To close, we’ll host a day of workshops with a Jewish cultural
marketplace, an open podium, and a closing concert with winners from
the competition.
Take a look at our website for all the details.

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Israeli & Ernest Bloch Music Competition 2012

Applications are now open for the Israeli Music Competition and the Ernest Bloch Music Competition.

The Israeli Music Competition was begun in 2008 and aims to familarise both professionals and students with the fascinating styles of Israeli music – a rich tapestry of sounds which produce a musical blend without equal; a fusion of Western musical idioms such as Klezmer (brought over with the first immigrants in the 1880s), and Eastern traditions brought by Jews from Arab countries.

The Ernest Bloch Music Competition was begun in 2009. Ernest Bloch (24 July 1880 ‚Äì 15 July 1959) was a Swiss-born, American-Jewish composer and, since the 50th anniversary of his death was commemorated in 2009, the addition of the Ernest Bloch Music Competition to the Israeli Music Competition has drawn much worldwide interest.…

Israeli & Ernest Bloch Music Competitions

Monday, July 11 · 11:00am – 6:00pm
Location The Yehudi Menuhin School,
Stoke d’Abernon, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3QQ

For Israeli & Ernest Bloch Music Competitions
More Info
To purchase audience tickets for the Semi-Final please click on the link below:

Participant Competitions:

Michal Korman; Cello
Ayaka Tanimoto; Singer
Sina Meyn; Clarinet
Magdalena Filipczak; Violin
Suvi Tuulia Keto; Trumpet
Claire Sananikone; Guitar
Raphaël Unger; Cello
The Idomeneo Quartet
Rafal Zolkos; Flute
Lindsay Bryden;Flute
Brian O’kone;Cello
Nina Fernando;Cello
Verity Thirkettle;Violin
Inbar Solomon;Recorder
Eleanor Corr;Violin
Gal Nyska;Cello
Sayaka Kurata;Violin

6pm -Announcement of the finalists.

Finals:Date: 14 July 2011Britten Theatre
Time: 1830Hrs-2130Hrs
Location: The Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS…

A Jewish Star Singing Competition Finals

Time Sunday, February 20 · 7:00pm – 11:30pm
Location Brooklyn School of Music
883 Classon Avenue (Between President and Union Street)
Brooklyn, NY
The top 10 Finalists and top 3 Junior Finalists will be performing live in concert in front of 3 judges and a huge crowd to compete for the top spot in A Jewish Star Singing Competition.
Gershon Shapiro will be among the finalists.

Guest Star: Benny Friedman
Tickets prices are: $75, $ 50, $36, $25
All proceeds go to benefit the Jewish education for children with special needs.
You can buy your tickets here:

A Jewish Star Singing Competition

From the Jewish Music Plus blog we learn that a music contest is underway. Voting for contestants for Season 2 of A Jewish Star Singing Competition, the online Jewish singing competition which has engaged the orthodox Jewish music community, will end Friday, January 21 at 12:00 pm EST. 10 finalists will be chosen from 144 contestants from the worldwide talent competition and 3 will be chosen from the Jewish Star Junior competition. The MC will be the beloved Country Yossi, renowned entertainer, Jewish radio host and singer.

The finale of A Jewish Star season two will be hosted by the annual Soul to Soul concert, benefiting the education of children with special needs.

The show will take place on Sunday, February 20, 2011 , at 7pm
at the Brooklyn School for Music & Theatre,
883 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.…

Kaplan Commissioning Project

for composers of Jewish heritage:
Saint Mary¹s University Concert Band

The seventh Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation Commission for a new Concert
Band composition written by a composer of Jewish heritage is outlined below.
Any questions should be directed directly to Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, Director
of Bands at Saint Mary¹s University of Minnesota. Contact information is
provided at the end of this notice.

Amount of Commission:
$5,000.00 plus travel/expense allowance for a campus visit at the premier of
the composition.

Description of the Composition:
The work will be scored for standard concert band instrumentation,
appropriate difficulty level for advanced high school bands and collegiate
ensembles. (A ³grade 4² level of difficulty by current educational
standards.) The orchestration of the 2012 project may be extended to
include solo voice or voices.…

Milken Archive Sponsors Competition

The Milken Archive of American Jewish music is looking for good art that meets the ear. The Milken Archive of Jewish Music in collaboration with the Foundation for Jewish Culture is launching Eye Meets Ear: Visual Arts Competition for Emerging Artists to select 20 works as cover art for 20 themed volumes of music in the Milken Archive’s new virtual museum.

The competition runs from September 1 to November 1, with winners to be announced in late December 2010. Each work selected will earn the artist a $2,000 cash prize. Artists, who must be ages 18 to 39, may submit works of art in any visual mediums that express and/or relate to the theme of individual virtual museum volumes, each of which explores a particular historical, cultural or musical theme.…

Jewish Music Competition – 28-31 October 2010

Competition ’10: register until July 1st

Amsterdam’s IJMF will once again host the world’s only Jewish Music
Competition: October 28-31, 2010. Information is online at
and registration is open until July 1st. The selected ensembles will
be announced in August. Pass it on to your favorite Jewish music
ensemble: this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Showcase for Presenters What’s the best way to get the attention
of Jewish music presenters in Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San
Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto, Utrecht, and
Washington DC? Join our competition and present yourself to the
growing list of festivals that will be scouting our 24 selected
ensembles via our site and/or in person at the competition:
and more presenters are affiliating every week!…

Amsterdamse Muziekgebouw International Jewish Music Festival 2008

Van 9 tot en met 11 mei 2008 zal in het Amsterdamse Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ een
driedaags concours van Joodse muziek worden gehouden. Kaartverkoop is net van start

Uit 16 landen zijn inmiddels 25 ensembles uit uiteenlopende genres gekozen om deel
te nemen. Zij zullen volks- en popmuziek, klezmer, klassiek en balkanmuziek ten
gehore brengen. De vertegenwoordigde landen zijn Wit-Rusland, Servië, Duitsland,
Frankrijk, België, Italië, Engeland, Israël, Argentinië, Griekenland, Venezuela,
Chili, Mexico, de Verenigde Staten en natuurlijk ook Nederland. De deelnemers aan
het concours strijden niet alleen om prijzengeld, maar ook om een concerttournee en
een professioneel cd-opnamecontract met Universal Records. Met deze prijzen heeft
het festival niet alleen amateurs aangetrokken, maar ook de doorgewinterde bands en

Het concours is onderdeel van een groots festival, met o.a.…

Jewish Music Festival to be at Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam

From May 9-12, 2008, Amsterdam’s new
concert hall, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, will host the premiere of the
International Jewish Music Festival in its new format. The main event
of the festival will be a 3-day Competition for Jewish music ensembles.

For the first time ever, a jury of international Jewish music experts
will judge a competition for musicians and ensembles with a goal of
an international career focusing on Jewish music. This includes folk,
pop, klezmer, classical, and liturgical music, and music by Jewish
composers with clearly discernible Jewish elements.

Contestants are welcome from all countries and do not need to be
Jewish, but must be 16 years or older. Registration forms & more
information are now available online:

The jury will include leading figures from the music and recording
industry including Peter van der Heyden (Universal Music) and Frank
London (The Klezmatics).…

It’s Always Closer Than You Think

The deadline for submissions to the Shalshelet liturgical music competition is November 1, 2007, which is closer than you think, if you are preparing to compose a musical composition. The composition can be by a professional, or a student over 18 (or under 18 with parental signature), and can be a musical choral work, a simple melody or melody with instruments. The purpose is for a composition for a sacred Jewish text, must be original, and not previously published. All the rules of the competition are available at their website. For those who may have a curiousity about American-based Jewish liturgical music, or those who have a serious interest in entering, click here:

The 2008 Shalshelet International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music will be held June 15, 2008 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.…

Composition Competition

American Recorder Society ▪ Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
Composition Competition

The American Recorder Society, in collaboration with the Amsterdam
Loeki Stardust Quartet (ALSQ), is pleased to announce its composition
competition for recorder music. The competition’s goal is to expand
the recorder quartet repertoire with new music for professional recorder
players by composers from the United States and Canada.

Further information on ALSQ is available
on their web site:

Beth Schafer Wins American Idol Underground Faith-Based Category

Beth Schafer, a contemporary American Jewish music singer-songwriter, won the Faith-based category in a contest sponsored by American Idol Underground (the online extension of the popular TV series American Idol) on July 15, 2006. Primarily a venue for Christian religious song, Beth may have had the only Jewish entry. Her English language songs, Still Small Voice and Love Multiples won an elimination round of 10 from a field of over 600 songs, and then went on to win by a popularity vote, with the public voting on their favorites. Both of these songs are from Beth’s newest CD “The Quest and the Question”, released in December, 2005. Beth is a cantorial singer with Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo, FL. For more information on Beth and her work visit: or call 407-342-2027.…

The Young Composers Award Competition

The Guild of Temple Musicians Announces
The Young Composers Award

The requested 2007 work is a set of 3 pieces performable as separate
pieces OR as a unit, with or without narrator. The work should be 10-12
performing minutes for cantor, SATB volunteer choir, piano and a single
instrument obligato (i.e., flute, violin, violoncello or other
instrument approved by chair before submission). The work should be in
Hebrew, using texts from Jewish liturgy, Bible, Jewish poetry or prose,
or a combination of the foregoing.

Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2007 (postmarked).
Eligibility: Jewish composers from any country born on or after January 1, 1972.
Scores submitted to: Chairman Ben Steinberg, Composer-in-Residence, Temple
Sinai Congregation 210 Wilson Avenue, Toronto, ONTARIO M5M 3B1 CANADA.
TEL.: (416) 487-4161. FAX: (416) 487-5499.…

Shalshelet Second International Music Festival

Winning Composers Spanning the Globe Featured At Shalshelet s Second International Music Festival

CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND — Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical
Music, announced the names of the 28 composers whose 36 compositions will be
presented during the Second International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music on
Sunday, June 11 at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, Maryland (8300
Meadowbrook Lane). The 7 p.m. concert will feature 15 of these liturgical works, and
the day-long Festival, beginning at 10 a.m., will showcase the remainder of the

Tickets: In advance concert only: $20; workshops & brunch: $30; concert and
workshops & brunch: $40. Purchase tickets: send a check payable to Shalshelet, PO
Box 15836, Chevy Chase, MD 20825 or At the door additional $5 for each event.

Varshavsky-Shapiro Piano Duo win Second Place in Miami

Israelis Stanislava Varshavsky and Diana Shapiro won Second place in Dec, 2005, at the 10th Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, held in Miami, Florida. Competing against the top piano duos in the world, the Israelis finished second with the pianists from Japan, Kuni Seo and Shin-ichiro Kato finishing first place Gold Medal. The Murray Dranoff Foundation was created in 1987 by Loretta Dranoff as a tribute to her late husband with whom she performed as an internationally recognized two piano team. The second prize, the Silver Medal comes with a $15,000 award. Another Israeli, Michael Tsalka from Tel Aviv finished 9th place with partner Katarzyna Marzec-Salwinski from Krakow, Poland.

Varshavski and Shapiro started playing together as a duo in 1998. In 2004 they won The Grand Prize at the 15th Piano Competition in Rome for duo piano and 1st prize for piano four hands.…

Shalshelet Composition Competition

Got music? Shalshelet, the Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music, is accepting submissions of original compositions for the Second International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music, to be held in June 2006. The
deadline for submissions is December 30, 2005. Shalshelet encourages the creation of compositions that enhance congregational worship and help Jews rediscover prayer through music. The best of submitted compositions are featured in an annual concert, workshops,
and CD. For submission guidelines and more information, go to