2016│Adon Olam 2013│May the Words of My Mouth • Psalm of Praise 2006│Musaf Kedushah
Joshua Fishbein, singer and pianist, composes vocal and instrumental music. A native of Baltimore, he studied piano performance and theory at The Peabody Preparatory, went on to study music and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, completed his Master of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and his Ph.D. in music from UCLA. He has taught musicianship, music theory, and composition at The College of New Jersey, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His compositions have won many awards. Adon Olam, in an arrangement for choir and piano, won the Delaware Valley Chorale’s composition competition. More of Joshua’s work can be found at www.joshuafishbeinmusic.com.
2008│ Shema’ Kolenu
Coreen Duffy holds undergraduate degrees in piano performance and English, and a Juris Doctor, all from the University of Michigan. She practiced law for four years in Los Angeles and also was the founding conductor of Shir Ba’Ir, the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale’s a cappella ensemble for Jewish young professionals. She began graduate studies at University of Miami Frost School of Music, and is continuing at the University of Southern California. Her scholarly writings have been published in the Choral Journal and The American Choral Review, and two of her choral compositions have been published by ECS Music Company.
2008│ Shalom Rav
Hélene Engel is an opera singer, musicologist, composer, lyricist and arranger. She has a degree in music therapy from Université du Québec in Montréal, and in France received a Masters Degree in Musicology from the University of Strasbourg and a diploma from the Conservatory of Cergy-Pontoise. She made her professional debut in opera but has maintained a strong interest, both as scholar and performer, in exploring diverse musical traditions and languages. She specializes in Jewish folklore in Judeo-Spanish, Yiddish, Hebrew and other languages of exile. Performance tours have taken her throughout France and to major folklore festivals in Europe and North America. She has produced five recordings, most recently Voyage in 2007. She also serves as occasional cantorial soloist at Temple Emmanuel – Beth Shalom in Montreal, where she now lives. http://www.helene-engel.com
2010│ Vatikah Miriam 2008│Hashkiveinu 2004│ Mah Tovu honorable mention
Marsha Dubrow is Spiritual Leader and Cantor of Congregation B’nai Jacob in Jersey City, N.J., giving her an ideal platform for creating and presenting her liturgical compositions, which she also performs at venues in the New York metropolitan area and beyond. She has composed settings of Mah Tovu, Hodu L’Adonai, Ki Mitzion, Tov L’Hodot, V’Shamru, Adon Olam, Halleluia, and Shema Yisrael among many others. Her work has been honored at Shalshelet Festivals in 2004 and 2008. A musicologist by training, she is a Resident Scholar in Jewish Music Studies at the Center for Jewish Studies at The CUNY Graduate Center and an Adjunct Professor of Jewish Music at New York University. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with an M.A. from New York University, and an MFA. and Ph.D. from Princeton University, all in music, and also earned a Certificate in Yiddish Studies from the Columbia/Yivo Uriel Weinrich program. She has received numerous awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in music, including a Composer’s Grant in Musical Theatre and Opera, and Folk Arts Fellowships in Hazzanut and Yiddish Song. A member of the Dramatists Guild and an alumna of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop in New York City, she has produced on- and off-Broadway theatre including Band in Berlin, the story of the Comedian Harmonists.
2008│ Rahamana • Ha-Neshamah Lakh
Julian Dawes began his musical training in Birmingham, England, and continued at the Royal College of Music in London. He has worked extensively as an accompanist and teacher, holding posts at Drama Centre London, Birmingham University, the The Arts Educational Schools in London, and The Oxford School of Drama. He has directed music for numerous theatre productions in England and internationally. As Musical Director of The Cherub Company London, he composed scores for The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, and Kafka’s The Trial, among others. His Caucasian Chalk Circle and Edward ll are both recognized scores for these plays held by the Brecht Estate in Berlin and have been realized in many productions. In addition, he has composed many works for solo instruments and chamber music. His Songs of Ashes, a setting of fifteen poems by Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski about the Holocaust, has been broadcast in Israel. His cantata The Death of Moses and his oratorio Ruth were performed in London in 2003 and 2005. He is Music Advisor to the European Association of Jewish Culture. http://www.juliandawes.com
2013│Kol Sason 2010│Shahar Avakeshkha 2008│Mah Tovu
Born on the island of Mallorca, Cantor Neil Manel Frau-Cortes currently serves Temple Beth Shalom in Mechanicsburg, Pa, and also works at the University of Maryland. He earned a PhD in Medieval Hebrew literature (U. Girona), Master’s degrees in both Hebrew-Aramaic Letters (Barcelona Central U.) and Jewish Music (Gratz College) and a cantorial ordination (RRC). He studied classical and jazz piano, composition and arrangements at Ciutat de Mallorca’s Professional Conservatory, and Taller de Musics in Barcelona. He is a published translator and music researcher. His career as a composer, arranger, producer and performer spans from folk to jazz-fusion and New Age. In addition to liturgical settings, he has composed soundtracks for several short films and music for theatre. www.manelfrau.info
2008│ Safta, Saba
Cantor Arlene Frank studied voice and music theory at the Mannes School of Music, and was ordained as a Cantor/Teacher in Israel in 2003 at the Academy for Jewish Religion. She served as Student Cantor at Adas Emuno in Leonia, New Jersey and since 2003 has served as Cantor at Temple Beth El in Spring Valley, New York. She is inspired to write music when she cannot find the setting she needs for one of her choirs or students. Her Sukat Sh’lomecha is included in Transcontinental’s The Complete Jewish Songbook for Children, Vol. II
2010│ Eikha Ashir/How Can I Sing? 2008│ Mi Yodea Oz 2006│ Shehecheyanu honorable mention 2004│ Ve 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.
2016 │ ‘Ale Elai 2010│ Let Me Be a Seal Upon Your Heart • Arise My Beloved 2008│ Modeh Ani
David Goldstein is a composer of Hebrew chant and sacred choral works. His Song of Songs Suite for Women was premiered at West Virginia University. He is the leader of the Tikkun Chant Circle in Pittsburgh and a graduate of the Kol Zimra Chant Leadership training program led by Rabbi Shefa Gold. He was formerly Composer in Residence at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. In addition to Alay Aylai, his compositions have been honored at the 2008 and 2010 Shalshelet Festivals. He is also a business director at Pittsburgh Glass Works. He lives with his family, north of Pittsburgh.
2008│ Shahar Avakeshkha
Hazzan Devin Goldenberg’s compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by a wide array of artists and professionals, synagogue, church and university ensembles worldwide. He has a long list of theatrical, television and film credits as actor, musician, writer, director and producer. He has served congregations in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island over the past twenty-five years.
2010│ Ahavah Rabbah 2008│ Candle Blessing • Ve Shamru
Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, born and raised in Buenos Aires, now lives in southern California where he serves as cantor of the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue. In addition to certification as Hazzan and Ba’al Tefillah from the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, he has two degrees in music therapy and has published several scholarly papers in that field. He has extensive experience as a teacher, composer, choir director, and performer. He has taught at the University of Judaism for the last six years, and has performed numerous times with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. In 2009 he was invited by the Cantors Assembly on two occasions to sing at Auschwitz, and also gave performances in Krakow and in Israel. In 2007, in collaboration with Shari Cohen, he released a CD for a new children’s book Alfie’s Bark Mitzvah. His CD Shabbat and Holidays with Cantor Marcelo and Friends contains Candle Blessing which was selected for Shalshelet’s 2008 Festival. His recording of Hine Ma Tov with actor Adam Sandler can be heard on the new CD The Jewish Songbook, along with songs by other notable Jewish performers/composers of popular music. He has performed with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, at CAJE national conferences, and at synagogues around the U.S. In 1986 he performed in Buenos Aires with Ofra Haza (z”l), and in 2007 he was selected to officiate at Kabbalat Shabbat on the occasion of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s visit to the University of Judaism (now the Ameerican Jewish University).
2008│ Ba Yom Ha-Hu
Mark Glicksman came to music composition after beginning piano lessons at around age 50. In addition to composing choral pieces, he enjoys writing songs in styles ranging from calypso to doo-wop, singing in the choir at Reconstructionist Congregation Or Hadash in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, gardening, and cooking for family and friends. His day job is in engineering and software design.
2013│L’kho Doydi 2008│Yah Ribon
Steven Greenman is a practitioner, composer and teacher of traditional East European Jewish klezmer violin music. He has self-produced two recordings documenting his original Jewish and klezmer compositions with Stempenyu’s Dream (2004) and Stempenyu’s Neshome (2010), the latter containing his original melodies. A co-founder of the Khevrisa ensemble with cimbalist and historian Walter Zev Feldman. he is also co-producer and lead performer of the recording Khevrisa – European Klezmer Music on the Smithsonian Folkways label. He also performs Hungarian nota, Romanian lautari music and urban East European Gypsy music. He performs with the ensemble Harmonia and has been a guest soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Canton Symphony and the Akron Symphony performing his own arrangements. www.stevengreenman.com
2008│ Yedid Nefesh 2006│ Hashkiveinu
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/
2008│ And Hannah Prayed
Raised in Parsippany, New Jersey, Cantor Erik Contzius has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers College and a Master of Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music. His original works for the synagogue, Hineh Ma Tov and Shalom Rav, have been published by Transcontinental Music, and he also has a large self-published catalogue. His music appears on several recordings, including How Excellent is Thy Name, a collection of Jewish art music for solo cantor and pipe organ. He recently performed in Munich at a concert of Vergessene Musik—The Forgotten Music of the German Jewish Reform Movement. He has also performed at the Leo Baeck Institute’s Jewish Vienna and Germany concerts, at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage, and at the International Organ Festival in Goteborg. He served as Composer-in-Residence at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, and as cantor at Keneseth Israel of Elkins Park and Temple Israel of Omaha. He is currently the Cantor of Temple Israel of New Rochelle. http://www.contzius.com/composer.html