Besamim 2013│Et Tzemah
Besamim was formed at Camp Ramah Darom in 2009. Three members are from Florida: Samuel Rotenberg (West Palm Beach), Samuel Rosenbaum (Boca Raton), and Marcy Morris (Boca Raton); Elisha Brodsky is from Jerusalem. Sam and Sam have been writing Jewish music together since they were in high school and in 2009, when they were on the music staff at Camp Ramah Darom. Marcy Morris began singing with them there. Elisha joined Camp Ramah Darom music staff in 2011 and became Besamim’s drummer. Their music reflects the contributions that each brings to the song-writing process. Besamim’s music has taken root in the Ramah Darom community, and in the Jewish community of South Eastern Florida at large. www.RockShabbat.com
Aaron Blumenfeld 2013│HaShem, Lo Gava Libi 2010│Song of Songs
Lise Brown 2013│Ani Shalom
Gerald Cohen 2013│We Are Loved by an Unending Love
Jonathan Comisar 2013│Shalom Rav • To Number Our Days
Andrew Dennen 2013│Sim Shalom
Norman Cohen Falah 2013│Ve Erastikh Li
Joshua Fishbein 2013│May the Words of My Mouth • Psalm of Praise 2006│Musaf Kedushah
Joshua Fishbein composes for both vocal and instrumental genres. A native of Baltimore, he studied piano performance and music theory at The Peabody Preparatory, completed his Master’s degree in Music Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently working towards a PhD in Music Composition at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. He is the recipient of numerous prizes, including a 60th Annual BMI Student Composer Award, The American Prize, the Hollywood Master Chorale’s “Voices of LA” Project, the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival Composition Contest, and the National Lutheran Choir’s 25th Anniversary Choral Composition Competition. His Jewish choral music has been included in the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s Student Composer Project, and the Max Helfman Institute for New Jewish Music, and he was a recipient of the Guild of Temple Musicians’ Young Composers Award. www.fishbeinmusic.com
Manel Frau-Cortes 2013│Kol Sason 2010│Shahar Avakeshkha 2008│Mah Tovu
Isabelle Ganz 2013│Far Vos? 2010│El Nora ‘Alilah • Psalm 113 2006│Ha Lahma Anya • Ke Rahem Av
Dr. Isabelle Ganz has had a long and varied career as pianist, flutist, folksinger, classical mezzo-soprano, cantorial soloist, avant-garde performer, master class and workshop leader, Sephardic music singer and instrumentalist, choral conductor and composer. She received a Fulbright grant (to Jerusalem), an NEA Solo Recitalist grant, and holds a DMA in Voice and Music Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She currently teaches voice at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She has recorded over 18 CDs of contemporary music (Cage, Berio, and others), songs by composers of the Holocaust, songs of the Gershwins, and international folksongs. Her New York-based ensemble, Alhambra, has released three CDs of Sephardic music and has performed internationally. Her compositions are published by Boosey and Hawkes, Hal Leonard and Transcontinental. www.isabelleganz.com
Raquel Pomerantz Gershon 2013│Eizehu • Geshem
Andrew Greene 2013│Psalm 150
Andrew Greene has a degree in music from MIT, where his teachers included Evan Ziporyn and John Harbison. He sang with the Zamir Chorale of Boston under Joshua Jacobson from 1992‒2007. His works include choral settings of Kabbalat Shabbat and Pesukei d’Zimrah (from which “Psalm 150″ is excerpted), and “Bible Bystanders”, a collection of lighthearted retellings of Tanach narratives from the perspective of minor characters. His “Siddur Hiddur Tefillah” integrates musical cues for nusach and familiar congregational melodies with artistic typography. His non-musical creative pursuits include constructing crossword puzzles for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Newton Mass. with his family. www.greenehouse.com/a/
Steven Greenman 2013│L’kho Doydi 2008│Yah Ribon
Iouri Grichetchkine 2013│Sim Shalom
Iouri Grichetchkine, born in St. Petersburg, began composing at the age of ten. He studied choral conducting, piano, and music theory at Choral College and completed master-level studies at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, graduating with honors from both schools. From 1988 to 2000, he was choir master for the Eterna Muziko choral ensemble which performed over 500 concerts in the former Soviet Union and internationally. Since 1991 he has lived in the New York metropolitan area serving as music director at churches and synagogues, and conducting choirs. His choral works are regularly performed at the New Jersey-West Hudson Valley Choral Festival. He has written several masses, anthem songs, pieces for organ and jazz compositions for piano. Currently he is choir director and accompanist at Temple Beth-Am in Parsippany, New Jersey, and music director at St. Savior’s Church, Brooklyn.
Beth Hamon 2013│City of Love/Ahavat ‘Olam
Matt Holsen 2013│From Three Settings of Texts from the Psalms: From Psalm 8 • From Psalm 139
Lisa Marcus Jones 2013│Tzadik Katamar Yifrah, The Righteous Will Bloom
Lisa Marcus Jones began her music career as a pianist and musical director in musical theater productions, conductor of an a cappella jazz vocal group, and ballet accompanist. After earning an undergraduate degree from Yale University, she spent four years pursuing music full-time in Madrid which exposed her to jazz and flamenco and heavily influenced her musical direction. She studied arranging and piano at Berklee College of Music, receiving the John Dankworth Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arranging. Over time, she was drawn to the nexus of spirituality and music. Her compositions include choral and solo works for worship as well as Jewish children’s songs. She studies flamenco guitar with renowned guitarist Juanito Pascual and plans to explore the connection between Jewish music and flamenco in future compositions. She serves Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough, Mass. as cantorial soloist and choir director.
Diane Kaplan 2013│Enosh (Man)
Diane Kaplan, raised in Arizona, has been living in Israel since 1979. From age 17 she performed folk, Irish, world and country music until a life-changing event in 2007 caused her to shift her musical direction. She now composes music for texts from Psalms, and other spiritual sources, written in rounds or in vocal parts to be sung in harmony. In 2011 her CD KeZeit Ra’anan/Like an Olive Tree was released., and performs her music in Israel, the USA and Germany. She brings her music to hospice settings and to music circles of Arabs and Jews. The child of Holocaust survivors, she brings a message of healing through performance and vocal workshops in Germany. She also leads three weekly choirs in Northern Israel that sing mostly from her repertoire. www.dianesong.com
Lisabeth Kaplan 2013│K’doshim
Judi Lamble 2013│Come, My Help 2010│Shema 2008│’Oseh Shalom
Matthew Levitt 2013│B’khol Dor Vador
Matthew Levitt is a multi-genre performer and songwriter playing a spiritual music he refers to as mystic folk. He has performed in clubs, festivals, parties, and nontraditional venues throughout Minnesota and the upper Midwest with select national and international performances. He has released two CD’s of Jewish music; Ahava Raba (2011) and The Prophets, Volume One (2014) and three CD’s with his own band, Levitt8, in funk and jamband styles. He lives in St. Louis Park, Minn. with his family and regularly shares his music at Beth Jacob Congregation (Mendota Heights), Shir Tikvah Congregation (Minneapolis) and Temple Israel (Minneapolis).
Lenka Lichtenberg 2013│Adonai, Mah Adam? • Shiviti Adonai
Lenka Lichtenberg is a Toronto-based, Prague-born composer, vocalist, arranger, producer, and band leader. with five solo CD releases and several collaborations including “Lenka Lichtenberg & Roula Said: Bridges” – Jewish and Arabic music in dialogue, and “Lullabies from Exile”, a work-in-progress with Yair Dalal, of intertwined Yiddish and Babylonian music. She performs internationally as a solo artist, with a trio, or with her six piece ensemble “Fray”. Her release “Songs for the Breathing Walls”, recorded live in Czech and Moravian synagogues, was nominated for 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards in two categories; her Yiddish world music album “Fray” received nominations in 2012 Toronto Independent Music Awards and the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Her song “Peace is the Only Way” won 2011 Songs from the Heart, multicultural category, and was a finalist in the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting competition. www.lenkalichtenberg.com
Jeff Marder 2013│ Mi Sheberakh • Sheva Berahot 2010│ Song of Miriam • El Maleh Rahamim 2004│Shalom ’Aleikhem
Jeff Marder is active in the Broadway world as a conductor, keyboardist, and synthesizer programmer. Broadway credits include: Newsies, Leap of Faith, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Wicked, Shrek the Musical, The Little Many), Disney’s Aladdin (5th Avenue, St Louis MUNY, Tuacahn Center for the Arts), Cirque du Soleil’s O, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. His Jewish liturgical compositions have been presented at ACC/GTM conventions, and in synagogues throughout the United States. He is Vice President for Music Technology for the Guild of Temple Musicians. www.mardermusic.com
Audrey Merwin 2013│Ki Simahtani
Audrey Merwin has experienced the joy of singing in choirs from public high school and college settings to the Collegiate Chorale to temples including Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York City. She is a member of the choir at the United Synagogue of Hoboken in Hoboken, New Jersey, where she frequently leads prayer services. She has attended and recommends choral workshops offered by the Western Wind and the North American Jewish Choral Festival (Zamir). She composes for synagogue choir with the goal of lifting up key ideas and phrases from liturgy, text, and tradition.
Wendy Morrison 2013│Lulei HaShem Ezrata Li 2006│Hinei El Yeshu’Ati • Mi Pi El 2004│Tzur Mi Shelo • Ner l’Ehad, Ner l’Meah • Im Ein Ani Li Mi Li
Wendy Morrison is a Maryland native from a family in which everyone sang and played at least one musical instrument. Having learned to play piano from her mother beginning at age five, she later taught herself to play accordion, whistle, concertina, and banjo. She attended high school in South America and learned Hebrew as an adult. She began composing Jewish music in 1988. A member of Tikvat Israel in Rockville, Maryland, she leads adult education classes in Jewish liturgy and Hebrew scriptures. She also teaches music privately, and performs with the band Klezcentricity.
Sarah Myerson 2013│The Maker of Light
Sarah Myerson is currently enrolled in her third year of the Master of Sacred Music/Diploma of Hazan program at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York. Where she is a recipient of the Margaret R. Rice Scholarship Fund, the Dr. Hirsch Herman Scholarship Fund and the Sanders and Pinkus Family Scholarship. She is the student leader of the Columbia University Klezmer Ensemble, and performs as a representative of JTS at regional fundraising events for the Torah Fund of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. She graduated from the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, with a Bachelor of Music (Composition Honors) in 2009. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys rock climbing and Yiddish dance.
Susan Pereira 2013│Shiru L’Adonai
Susan Pereira is a vocalist, pianist, percussionist, composer and arranger. Active in New York’s Brazilian music scene, she leads the jazz group Sabor Brasil which has performed at festivals and venues including Lincoln Center, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Savannah Jazz Festival, the Hartford Jazz Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) . She has co-led master classes on Brazilian percussion at the University of Delaware and Rutgers University and has composed and/or arranged music for OMNI Music and Alfa Records, among others. Since 2004 she has played keyboard for Congregation B’nai Jeshurun’s (NYC) High Holiday services. She has also played for Shabbat services there and at other New York/New Jersey congregations. She has sung with the Shalom Singers a cappella ensemble since 2000. susanpereira.com
Orit Perlman 2013│Birkat Ha-Derekh • Hallelujah • Yedid Nefesh 2010│Lamdeni Elohai • Ahavah Rabbah • Esa ’Einai 2008│Song of the Omer • ’Ozi Ve Zimrat Yah • Ve Ten Tal
Will Robertson 2013│Hashkivenu Lullaby
Will Robertson is the chorus director and bandleader at Congregation Bet Haverim, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Atlanta, Geo. He composes or arranges much of the music performed by the chorus, in styles ranging from classical to world music to African-American spiritual and beyond. He studied double bass performance, conducting, and composition at Rice University and music production and engineering at Berklee College of Music. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer, he has played in orchestras and chamber groups, sung in choirs, and performed with several Grammy-winning and -nominated musicians. He has also produced/engineered, performed with and arranged for artists such as Rebecca Loebe (featured on the debut season of NBC’s “The Voice”), David Berkeley, and Eliot Bronson. His work has been featured on TV and radio worldwide. www.willrobertson.com
Daphna Rosenberg 2013│Shalom ‘Aleikhem • Yedid Nefesh
After many years traveling the world as a wandering troubadour, Daphna Rosenberg returned to Israel and reconnected to her Jewish roots through music. She composes music to prayers and Israeli poetry, and is the main prayer leader of the Nava Tehila Jewish Renewal community in Jerusalem. She specializes in leading Circle of Life ceremonies – such as births, Bar/Bat mitzvas and weddings. In her music one can hear the influence of folk and rock with a touch of Klezmer. She is active in the area of spiritual care for the ill, in creating heart-to-heart connections between people and in dialogue circles between Israelis and Palestinians. Her compositions to prayers have become popular in communities throughout the world
Brian Yosef Schachter Brooks 2013│Shiru L’Adonai • Hodia
Brian Yosef Schachter Brooks teaches meditation and Jewish spirituality at Chochmat HaLev, where he serves as sacred music and ritual director. He holds a Bachelor in Music from Eastman and received s’mikha from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as Minister of Sacred Music and as Jewish meditation teacher from Chochmat HaLev. His band, Captain Zohar, plays original Jewish devotional and concert music. He lives in Oakland with his family. www.captainzohar.com
David Shukiar 2013│Lo Ta’amod (We Will Not Stand Idly By) • Mi Sheberakh • We Remember Them (Yizkor Elohim)
David Shukiar is a composer, arranger, and conductor who serves as Cantorial Soloist and Music Director for Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A two-time recipient of the Guild of Temple Musicians Young Composers Award, his work has been commissioned by synagogues around the country and by the ACC/GTM. His musical theatre compositions include Make Believe, a two-time winner of the Burdette Fitzgerald Memorial Award for Theatre for Young Audiences, Benjamin and Judah, ,and Louisa Mae Alcott’s Little Women, The Musical, winner of the Y.E.S. Festival of New works at Northern Kentucky University. As music director he has worked with CBS Television, Anita Mann Productions, Holland America and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and various synagogues in the Los Angeles area. Transcontinental has published Klei Zemer, a book of his arrangements for synagogue ensembles for Shabbat, as well as a number of his choral works.
Lisa Silver & Teri Simon 2013│Hashkivenu
Lisa Silver was born and raised near Detroit, where her father was a professional synagogue vocalist and choir director. Since 2002, she has been the Music Director/Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Micah in suburban Nashville, Tenn. Since moving to Nashville, working as a studio musician, she has been awarded over 20 gold and platinum albums for contributions as a background singer and violin/fiddle player. Her voice has been heard on many TV and radio commercials and she has enjoyed a long career as a Grammy-nominated songwriter. Several of her songs have been published in Transcontinental Music Publications Complete Jewish Songbook for Children, and the Nigun Anthology. She and co-writer Teri Simon have collaborated on several musical projects, including Lisa’s CD MOSAIC, and a musical Shabbat evening service, Kabbalat K’tan Shabbat, which includes Hashkiveinu. lisasilversongs.com
Teri Simon & Lisa Silver 2013│Hashkivenu
Teri Simon (1962 – 2012) was an educator and songwriter in Nashville’s Jewish community since 1984. working to bring originality and fun to the learning experience, and to foster deeper understanding of Torah and Jewish traditions. Recognizing the need to include the younger congregants in the Friday evening Shabbat experience, she was inspired to write an original service, complete with new settings of liturgical songs that would be accessible, engaging, and memorable. In collaboration with Lisa Silver, Kabbalat K’tan Shabbat was created. It includes Hashkiveinu which has also found its way into the regular adult Friday night service at Congregation Micah in Nashville.
Rayzel Raphael 2013│She is a Tree of Life with MIRAJ 2008│Angels Carry You 2006│Rock to the Rock
Juliet I. Spitzer 2013│She is a Tree of Life with MIRAJ 2006│Zeh HaYom
Margot Stein 2013│She is a Tree of Life with MIRAJ 2006│Lulei
MIRAJ is an cappella trio with members Rabbi Rayzel Raphael, Juliet Spitzer, and Rabbi Margot Stein, www.mirajtrio.com.. Rabbi Raphael is a songwriter/liturgist with five recordings to her credit, including Friday Night Revived. Ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, she is the Rabbi of Temple Israel Congregation in Lehighton, Penn. www.shechinah.com • Juliet I. Spitzer is Director of Inter-Cultural Exchange at the International Center for Contemporary Education, and is the Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Beth Israel in Media, Penn. www.julietspitzer.com • Rabbi Margot Stein is a singer/songwriter who has produced or co-produced seven albums of original Jewish music. This spring, she is teaching Contemporary Jewish Worship at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College as well as Purposes of Jewish Living in the Philadelphia Melton Mini-School. booktobimah.com
Ben Tisser 2013│Ahat Sha’alti
Daniel Tunkel 2013│Yom Zeh L’Yisrael
Natalie Young 2013│God of Creation • Tzadik Katamar