Zamir Chorale of Boston announced that two women will be involved with their organization as conductors. Lidiya Yankovskaya will be this season’s Assistant Conductor and Hinda Tzivia Eisen will be the 2008-09 Mary Wolfman Epstein Conducting Fellow.
The Zamir Chorale newsletter announced that: “Lidiya graduated from Vassar College in May with a bachelor’s in music and is working toward her master’s degree in conducting at Boston University. She recently attended
the Conductors’ Institute at Bard College, studying with Maestro Harold Farberman;
and Yale University’s Norfolk Music Festival Choral Conducting Workshop, with Simon
Carrington. An accomplished musician and recipient of numerous awards and honors both in her
native Russia and here in the U.S., Lidiya is a mezzo-soprano who, in addition
to conducting, also plays percussion, violin, and piano.”
“Hinda is a senior at Boston University, majoring in religion, and is beginning her
third season singing alto with Zamir. An alumna of HaZamir in New York, Hinda is
the alumni coordinator for international HaZamir and conducted the a cappella choir
at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and Wisconsin.
Of the internship opportunity, Hinda says, “Much of my spirituality within Judaism
is very much oriented in the music I produce with others, and as such I have often
felt like I wanted to craft my own ‘midrash’ with the music I sing.” When she’s
not musically engaged, Hinda volunteers as a clown for many appreciative children!
The Mary Wolfman Epstein Conducting Fellowship was established in September 2000
by Scott Offen to train conductors in the area of Jewish choral music.