Judi Lamble

2016 EveAdam in Eden   2013│Come, My Help2010Shema   2008’Oseh Shalom
Judi LambleJudi Lamble is a self-taught composer focusing on Jewish vocal music.  Most recently, her L’chu N’ran’na (Psalm 95) was included in the 2012 Annual Convention of the American Conference of Cantors; earlier in the year she premiered her Century Song Cycle of Jewish art songs for the American Composers Forum; and her choral and congregational works have been performed by several Twin Cities synagogue and community choirs.  Her compositions have been honored in previous Shalshelet Festivals.  She is co-founder and Chair of the Twin Cities Jewish Chorale, entering its fourth season in 2012, which celebrates the full range of Jewish music, including new works.  She lives with her family in Edina, Minn.  www.jewishvocalmusic.com,  sheet music at oysongs.com.

Lenka Lichtenberg

2016│Aleinu    2013│Adonai, Mah Adam? • Shiviti Adonai

Lenka LichtenbergLenka Lichtenbergis a Toronto-based, Prague-born composer, vocalist, arranger, producer, and band leader.  She has six solo CD releases and several collaborations including Lenka Lichtenberg & Roula Said: Bridges – Jewish and Arabic music in dialogue, and Lullabies from Exile, with Yair Dalal, of intertwined Yiddish and Babylonian music. Her latest album, YiddishJourney (2016), was released on the U.K.-based label ARC Music. She performs internationally as a solo artist, with a trio, or with her five-piece ensemble Fray.  Her release Songs for the Breathing Walls, recorded live in Czech and Moravian synagogues, won 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year.  More of her work can be found at  www.lenkalichtenberg.com.

Leonard Lightstone

2016│Shir Ha Maalot  2010│ Tefilat ha-DerekhSong from Shir Ha Shirim

Leonard LIghtstoneLeonard Lightstone was raised in Ottawa, Canada and studied piano, French horn, guitar, as well as classical and jazz harmony. He earned degrees in Engineering Physics, initially paying his way through university playing French horn. Presently, he works as a full time engineer and devotes much of the remainder of his available time to his second passion: composing music. He enjoys writing for small instrumental and vocal ensembles, employing techniques of modern counterpoint and methods of layering in his compositions. Much of his work draws on liturgical texts and Hebrew poetry, past and present, as well as traditional Jewish musical idioms. In all his compositions he receives support and advice from his family, all musicians in their own right. More of Leonard’s work can be found at www.leolightstone.com.

Lisa Marcus Jones

2016│Ruth’s Song   2013│Tzadik Katamar Yifrah, The Righteous Will Bloom

Lisa Marcus JonesLisa Marcus Jones is a pianist and cantorial soloist serving Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough, Mass where she is choir director and founder/arranger of an 11-piece T’filah band.  She is also an accompanist, music transcriptionist and arranger. After graduating from from Yale University, she pursued music in Madrid, then studied arranging and piano at Berklee College of Music, receiving the John Dankworth Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arranging.  Drawn to the nexus of spirituality and music, she became a cantorial soloist in 2005. She plans to explore the synergies between Jewish music and flamenco in future compositions.  She lives in Acton with her family. Contact Lisa via her facebook page at www.facebook.com/lisamjon.

Lance Rhodes

2016│ Va-anahnu • ’Oseh Shalom    2010│ Lekha Dodi   2008│ Psalm 29

Lance RhodesLance Rhodes grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor in Music. He worked as a free-lance arranger for Warner Bros. Publications and worked on board the Rhapsody of the Seas for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. In 2009 he was invested as hazzan and received his Masters in Sacred Music from The H. L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His Psalm 29 was published by Transcontinental Music, and he received the Max and Sol Feld Prize in composition for two consecutive years. He now serves as cantor for Congregation Brith Shalom in Bellaire, Texas and as interim cantor at Temple Emanuel in New York City.  musicart23@hotmail.com

Will Robertson

2016│ Ahavat ‘Olam   2013

Will RobertsonWill Robertson is choral 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. He studied double bass performance, conducting, and composition at Rice University and music production and engineering at Berklee College of Music. 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. More of Will’s music can be found at www.willrobertson.com.

Judith Silver

2016Angel Blessing ‘Oseh Shalom   2010GesherBerikh Rahamana

judith silverJudith Silver began composing Jewish songs – mostly for harmony singing – around 2000; many of these appear on her recordings and in her songbook, ‘Jewish Songs for Harmony Singing’. Her music, though eclectic, reflects an ever-deepening connection with Judaism.  Developing and sharing her songs, and learning and sharing those of other composers within and beyond the Jewish community, are among her greatest passions.  Whether performing or teaching, composing or leading music in services, she brings her own deep experience of the power and potential in singing and her passion to share this with others.  More of Judith’s work can be found at www.judithsilver.com.

Benjamin Rosner

2016│ Vayered Avir ‘Oseh Shalom

Screenshot (45)Benjamin Rosner grew up attending services at KAM Isaiah Israel in Hyde Park, Chicago, where he was exposed to the music of Max Janowski. At 13 he took up classical guitar, earning a scholarship to the University of Miami’s conservatory program. While at UM he led musical Shabbat services at Hillel. He went on to graduate from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. As cantor of Congregation Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh, Penn. he trained and conducted volunteer choirs and a band for participation in services, concerts, and other events. He also helped spearhead open mic performances at the local kosher Dunkin’ Donuts, bringing together musicians and fans from across the Jewish community. He currently serves as Cantor at Mosaic Law Congregation in Sacramento, CA. More of Benjamin’s work can be found at cantorben.com.

Carl Sayres

2016│ Millenial Ve Shamru

Carl SayresCarl Sayres composes music grounded in traditional liturgy and nusach with contemporary elements.  At Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle, he leads Yom Kippur services incorporating his “T’filat Halev”, a participatory Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur Musaf service, and Yom Kippur Mincha arranged for Cantor and Choir. He is a teacher of traditional Eastern European Nusach and davening, and presents musical Divrei Torah such as “How Leonard Bernstein used the music of the Slichot service to create West Side Story”, and “Veshamru: Two Centuries of Musical Interpretations”, tracing Jewish musical development from Salomon Sultzer to Debbie Friedman. On the lighter side, he has created two settings of the weekday Maariv service: “Le Maariv” using music from Les Miserables, and “Schmaltz” using music from Grease.

Dave Schlossberg

2016 │ Mi Khamokha

SchlossbergDave Schlossberg is a pianist and composer from Monroe, New Jersey.  Currently, he serves as Collaborative Keyboard Artist for Kol Emet Choir of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick; the New Jersey Cantors Concert Ensemble; Makhelat Hamercaz, the Jewish Choir of Central New Jersey; and Kol Dodi, the Jewish Community Choir of Metro-West.  He frequently collaborates with the Delaware Valley Region of the Cantors’ Assembly, as well as the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  He has served as an accompanist for almost fifteen years at Anshe Emeth, and works with vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs around New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  Mi Chamocha was premiered at the North American Jewish Choral Festival.   www.daveschlossberg.com

Jordan Shaner

2016│ Psalm 150

jordan shanerDenver native Jordan Shaner is a student of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. He has served as a cantorial intern at Congregation Oheb Sholom in Reading, Pennsylvania and North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, Long Island, and has been a frequent guest cantor at Or Olam, the East Fifty Fifth Street Conservative Synagogue and other Manhattan congregations. He also has taught at Brandeis University’s summer arts program, BIMA. Before his career in Jewish organizations, he was a concert and opera soloist. Highlights include premiering Aharon Harlap’s cantata Kohelet with the Artemis Chamber Ensemble and New York Virtuoso Singers, and solo performances with New York Lyric Opera at Carnegie Hall.  jordan.shaner@gmail.com

Beth Styles

2016│ Yehi Ratzon • U-khtov l’hayim

BethStylesBeth Styles is a producer/composer/musician/vocalist.  As a producer, she has worked with clients including Diana Ross and Shlomo Carlebach in addition to cantors, synagogues and churches.  Her multi-media production studio is the source of original work music for corporate commercials, TV, film, musical theater and children’s projects. She founded the New World Chorus – a community multifaith choir based in Stamford, Conn. She created “The Shabbat Experience”, a unique and transformative Shabbat service featuring original songs, prayer and readings in which has been appreciated y hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds and spiritual paths have participated.  She currently serves as the Artist in Residence, at Temple Sinai of Stamford.

Ari Sussman

2016│ Tefilah Lish`lom HaMedinah • ‘Oseh Shalom  

Ari SussmanAri Sussman graduated from Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr and is now an undergraduate at The New England Conservatory of Music in composition.  He is a pianist, conductor, arranger and composer of vocal, chamber, orchestral, choral, and film music.  Among awards he has received are the American Composers Forum: Philadelphia Chapter – Youth Composers Scholarshpi and The Harry and Martha Stern Fine Arts Memorial Award.  He is a featured artist/composer for ‘Inventio,’ a new organization of young musicians sharing their craft and visions for classical music in a changing world.  At Camp Ramah in the Poconos he serves as Head of Music and Performing Arts.  www.arisussman.com

Ruth Weber

2016│ The Dreydl Sing-Along

Ruth WeberComposer and musician Ruth Weber has performed internationally and in the U.S.  She is Artistic Director/Conductor of the San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir. She been winner of competitions such as the New York Pro/Am Songwriting Competition, The Canadian Songwriting Competition, the Jewish American Songwriting Competition and the Music City Song Festival. Her songs have been recorded in the U.S. and abroad and have appeared in film and print music. She teaches at Palomar College and Miramar College and maintains a private studio.   More of Ruth’s work can be found at www.RuthMakesMusic.com and https://www.facebook.com/ruthhertz.lopezyanez.

Michelle Green Willner

2016│ Ma’oz Tzur

Michelle WillnerMichelle Green Willner is a conductor, composer and educator. She has founded many ensembles and is currently the Artistic and Musical Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Community Children’s Choir and the Sinai Temple Youth Choir.  She is a Max Helfman Music Fellow and a Creative Inquiry Fellow. She was recently awarded the WORD Grant 2016: The Bruce Geller Memorial Prize. Her piece for solo electric violin, Kristallnacht:  Pre-Peri-Post, In Memoriam:  Eli Wiesel was commissioned by the LA Jewish Music Commission will be performed at the 2016 Museum of Tolerance Kristallnacht Commemoration.