Mary Feinsinger

2016│ Ma’oz Tzur 2008│ Hashkiveinu • Ha-Yom Teamtzeinu Yismehu   2004│ Sim Shalom • Yevarekhekha

Mary Feinsinger Mary Feinsinger runs the Broadway and American Standards sing-in at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan and also directs the Broadway at 92Y Chorus.  A graduate of The Juilliard School in voice, she was a Teaching Artist at OperaAmerica.  As vocalist and keyboardist of the West End Klezmorim she performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the White House. She been a member of the voice faculty, Extension Division, Mannes College of Music and Julliard’s piano-accompanying staff, and is a composer/lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop. She recently completed a short opera with librettist David Johnston about George Lincoln Rockwell. She serves the Rossmoor Jewish Congregation as cantor and is on the Board of the American Society for Jewish Music. More of Mary’s work can be found at maryfeinsinger.com.

Joanna Selznick Dulkin

2006Hoshi’a et ‘Amekha • Or Zaru’a • Yedid Nefesh
Hazzan Joanna Selznick Dulkin is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated with honors from Stanford University and received her Master’s Degree in Sacred Music and Cantorial Investiture from the Jewish Theological Seminary’s H.L. Miller Cantorial School in 2004. She currently serves as Hazzan at Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minneapolis, MN, having previously served at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, NY, and Shaare Zedek Synagogue in St. Louis, MO. Her music has taken her to Hawaii, Israel, England, and Singapore, where she served as the High Holiday cantor for two years. She is a published composer and writer, and appears on several CD recordings.

Jonathan Friedmann

2006Mi Khamokha with Roni Kripper
Jonathan Friedmann is cantor at Bet Knesset Bamidbar, Las Vegas, NV. He also plays cello, guitar, bass, and mandolin in various ensembles, including the Hazzanim and Shul House Rock, both with Cantor Roni Kripper. Cantor Friedmann is a composer, arranger, and music teacher, and has written music for the University of California San Diego Music Library, Tzadik Records, and a number of synagogues. He has lectured on Jewish music at California State University, University of California San Diego, and University of California Los Angeles.

Stephen Freedman

2006 │ Esah ‘Einai

Cantor Stephen Freedman, a native of Milton, Massachusetts, is a hazzan, composer and accomplished folksinger. A student and protégé of Cantor Gregor Shelkan, he served congregations in Rhode Island, Florida and Massachusetts before assuming his present position in 2001 at Temple Sinai in Dresher, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb. Several of his congregational melodies appear in the recently published Zamru Lo: The Next Generation. His 1979 Holocaust work, Childhood Memories, for children’s choir and narrator, received critical acclaim from Anne Frank’s father Otto, who granted permission for excerpts from his daughter’s diary to be set to music. Esa Einai is one of three Psalm settings composed for use at memorial services.

Sylvia F. Goldstein

2010Eikha Ashir/How Can I Sing? 2008Mi Yodea Oz  2006Shehecheyanu honorable mention  2004Ve Heishiv Lev • Shiviti
Sylvia F. Goldstein brings a classical music background and love for and knowledge of Jewish music to her compositions, which have been featured in the Annual Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Conn. In addition to composing, she has been a director of temple music, taught at community college, and directed a JCC choir. She is Piano/Keyboard Department Chair of the Hartford Conservatory of Music, where she teaches classical piano and theory. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she studied at the Juilliard School of Music Preparatory Division, Cornell University, Brandeis University and the University of California at Berkeley. She has a B.A. and M.A. in music, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Connecticut State Music Teachers Association, Women Cantors’ Network, and The Guild of Temple Musicians. Compositions of hers have been honored at every Shalshelet Festival since 2004.

Isabelle Ganz

  2013│Far Vos? 2010El Nora ‘AlilahPsalm 113 2006Ha 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

Shefa Gold

2006Beini uVein
Rabbi Shefa Gold is a leader in Aleph: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal and is the director of C-DEEP, The Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. She composes and performs spiritual music. Her liturgies have been published in several prayerbooks, and she has produced ten music albums. She presents workshops and retreats on the theory and art of chanting, devotional healing, spiritual community-building, and meditation. She received ordination from both the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Her grounding in Judaism in combination with a background in Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and Native American spiritual traditions enables her to serve as a spiritual bridge celebrating the shared path of devotion. http://www.rabbishefagold.com

Andrew Bleckner

2006Psalm 116
Andrew Bleckner studied composition with George Crumb at the University of Pennsylvania, and received a PhD in composition in 1995. While there he also received the Paul Rochberg Fellowship, and The Helen L. Weiss Prize for Vocal Music. Currently he is Resident Composer for the Singing City chorus of Philadelphia. Around 1994, he began a spiritual and artistic transformation inspired by the writings of Rabbis Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Michael Lerner. Since then, his primary musical inspiration has come from sacred texts. His setting of Psalm 150 has been performed throughout the US including venues such as the 2006 American Choral Directors Association Southern Convention and the Zamir Chorale of Boston 2006 Spring Concert. His setting of Psalm 42 recently received Honorable Mention in both the Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Contest and the First Annual Meistersingers Choral Composition Competition. He has received composition awards, grants, and fellowships from ASCAP, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the American Composers Forum, the University of Pennsylvania, and the MacDowell Colony. www.andrewbleckner.com

David Berkenbilt

2006Hanukkah, Nes Gadol • Hanukkah Light
David Berkenbilt began creating musical arrangements while a member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School a cappella choir. He is a 1962 graduate of Georgetown Dental School with an MS in pediatric dentistry from Northwestern University. While in private practice in northern Virginia, he sang with The Choral Arts Society of Washington and several area synagogue choirs. Then, inspired by a music theory class he attended on visiting day at his son’s college, he decided to return to school, graduating in 1995 from George Mason University with a degree in composition. Now retired from dentistry, he spends much of his time in theater. He also sings with the Ohr Kodesh Chorale under the direction of P’nina McCabe, where his setting of Ki Hiney Ka Khomer has been heard during the High Holidays. His string quartet was a winner in the Prince Georges Symphony 30th Anniversary Chamber Music Competition. Hanukah Lights and Hanukah Nes Gadol won awards in the Amadeus Choir of Toronto’s annual Christmas/Chanukah song competition.

Natan Berenshteyn

2006Le Dor va Dor
Natan Berenshteyn was born in Kishinev, Moldova and started to play piano at about age 6. He graduated from Kishinev College of Music in classical piano, and from Moldova State Institute of Art with a graduate degree in jazz piano and conducting. He also received degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in Music Education (undergraduate) and classical piano (graduate). For the past seven years he has been choral director at Congregation Beth Ahabah in Richmond, Virginia.

Sariel Beckenstein

2006Tefilah ‘Atikah
A native of Tel Aviv and a resident of New York City since 1985, Sariel Beckenstein has been composing since the age of 18. His professional acting debut was in Fiddler on the Roof with the Cape Town Opera Company in 1984. He can be heard on the soundtrack of the DreamWorks feature film, The Prince of Egypt. He has performed his one-man musical biography, The Songs That I Shlepped, in Israel and New York. He has served as cantorial soloist at congregations Beth Simchat Torah in Manhattan, and Tehillah in Riverdale, New York. His passion for the music of Israel has led him to perform with lyricistsYoram Tehar Lev and Ehud Manor, and at recent tributes to Manor, Naomi Shemer, and Uzi Hitman. He is well known as an Israeli dance leader and teacher, and has been performing at weddings and other simchas since 1998.

Steve Cohen

 2008Yedid Nefesh  2006Hashkiveinu

Steve Cohen received his training at the Manhattan, Juilliard and Eastman Schools of Music, and has composed a large catalog of symphonic, chamber, liturgical and musical-theater pieces, including the operas The Cop and the Anthem and La Pizza Del Destino. His orchestral composition Juggernaut won the 2004 Composer’s Award given jointly by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Museum in the Community. His vocal settings of Psalms 84 and 121 took first and second prizes in the 2006 Susan Galloway Sacred Song Award contest, and his setting of Hashkiveinu (chosen for the 2006 Shalshelet Festival) won an award from the New York Treble Singers in 2007. He has arranged and orchestrated numerous scores for orchestras, touring shows and other performing groups. He is a member of New York’s Zamir Chorale and is active in the musical life of Larchmont Temple (where, among other things, he plays Haman each year in the Purimshpiel). http://stevecohenmusic.net/

Rick Calvert

2010Va Y’daber Elohim 2006Kumi, Ori
Rick Calvert is a folk musician and cantorial soloist/temple musician who turned to composing modern settings for liturgical text in 1997. His compositions and performances reflect his musical roots in folk/rock and choral music. His inaugural CD, Journeys, was produced through the encouragement of Fran Avni at CAJE 24; a second CD is expected in 2011. He has taught music at the Temple Beth Tikvah Religious School in Madison, Conn. since 1986, and currently serves as cantorial soloist/temple musician there; at Congregation B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge, Conn.; and at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, N.J. His Yis-m’chu was selected for inclusion in Celebrate Shabbat; his Shehecheyanu was selected for use at the 2001 ordination ceremony for cantors and rabbis at Hebrew Union College-Jewish institute of Religion in New York; and his Kumi, Ori was honored at Shalshelet’s 2006 Festival. He has performed extensively in the Northeast and was a featured evening performer at CAJE. www.rickcalvert.net

Daniel Cousin

  2006Lekha Dodi
Daniel Cousin began his spiritual musical journey while an undergraduate at Harvard University, where he founded Charvard Chai Notes while earning a degree in cognitive neuroscience. He played at simchas from New York to New England, which he continued to do while at Albert Einstein Medical School. He amassed a collection of more than 100 instruments from around the world which he taught himself to play and began incorporating into his compositions. He worked in the hospital by day, while at night he performed at clubs around New York City with his group My Cousin’s Band, and became the house pianist for late night jazz sessions at Smalls in the West Village. He is currently a radiology resident at Yale’s affiliated residency, and performs with his wife, singer Laura Lenes. (www.chainotes.org and www.mycousinsband.com)

Terry Horowit

2008Tov LeHodot • Da’ • Ohila La-El
2006Shalom Rav • Bidvaro
2004El Adon • Ilu Finu • Neshama Shenatata Bi
Cantor Terry Horowit taught herself guitar at the age of 10 and started writing folk songs a couple of years later, continuing to compose for guitar and voice through graduate school at Brown University. After a hiatus of many years, her lifelong love of folk music combined with a profound respect and appreciation for Hebrew text led her to begin composing settings for prayers and liturgical texts. Her music has been chosen for all three Shalshelet Festivals. She completed the cantorial certification program at Ma’alot Seminary in Rockville, Maryland where for 15 years she tutored b’nei mitzvah and taught adult classes in cantillation and aspects of Jewish practice. She also was lead vocalist with the performing group Shalshelet (not affiliated with the Shalshelet foundation). In 2007, Terry moved with her family to Albany, New York where she is now the process of establishing herself as a teacher of trope and nusach, meeting local musicians, and creating a new performing group.  In Fall 2010, she fulfilled her dream of recording her original songs with the release of two debut albums, Zimrat Enosh and Bidvaro. www.CantorTerry.com