Marc Labowitz is rabbi of Temple Adath Or, South Florida Center for Jewish Renewal. A fourth-generation rabbi, he received ordination from Ateret Zvi Academy, Scottsdale Torah Institute, and Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal. He has composed more than 30 original Jewish songs and melodies. He leads the TAO orchestra which has performed at many Festivals and events in the US, France, and Israel. He has two CDs, Galia and Ocean, and a third, Kole Kerev, on the way.
Robin Anne Joseph graduated from SUNY Purchase with a B.A. in Dramatic Literature and received cantorial ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion. She is celebrating her 35th year as cantor and educator at Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings-On-Hudson, NY. She has developed a unique style of storytelling through song, called MidraShir. As soloist, and as one-half of the duo B’shert, she has performed and recorded her original Jewish folk-rock. In 1994 she won the American Zionist Movement’s First Annual Song Competition. Her music has been published by Transcontinental Music Publications. Hari’u LAdonai was commissioned by the Women Cantors Network in 2015. www.robinannejoseph.com
2016│Rivers of Bablyon
Sue Horowitz is a Jewish singer-songwriter from the coast of Maine. Her music has been included in the URJ Ruach series, the CCAR’s Hagaddah, and the new Hebrew in Harmony Curriculum. Sue has served as director of education, NFTY advisor, congregational songleader, URJ faculty, artist-in-residence, teacher, and guest artist at conferences such as URJ Biennial, Boston Limmud, CAJE, Remembering Debbie, and WCN. Her latest CD, Notes from the Garrison, was released in June, 2016. In the secular world, she is as a speech-language pathologist and special educator. Her CD Hope and Healing has raised $10,000 for Ronald McDonald House and ACS Hope Lodge in honor of her son Jacob who is recovering from cancer. Learn more about this project at www.suehorowitz.com.
2016│ Ahat Sha’alti
David Allen Friedman is both composer and musician (piano, accordion, percussion and violin). He has collaborated extensively with modern dance choreographers at Jacob’s Pillow and the American Dance Festival in North Carolina, including one summer as Composer-in-Residence. He played with the Balinese Gamelan Ensemble Dharma Swara, was a member of the band “You and What Army”, and is a member of the “Mad Coyote” ensemble under the direction of Jerome Kitzke. He has performed full evenings of his work in New York City and in Europe. More recently he has focused on Jewish liturgical music, creating settings of Psalms and prayers for both soloists and choirs. His home congregation is West End Synagogue, a Reconstructionist Congregation in NYC.
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.
2016│ Ma’oz Tzur 2008│ Hashkiveinu • Ha-Yom Teamtzeinu • Yismehu 2004│ Sim Shalom • Yevarekhekha
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.
Jimmy Costello, raised on the songs of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, immersed himself in the music of Shlomo Carlebach in Israel. He plays Jewish Folk Music and also has a chassidic rock band, Sidelox. As the Musical Maggid he uses his guitar, harmonica and smile to create an atmosphere of oneness and joy from Reform temples to chassidish shteiblach, Chabad houses to Camp Ramah, preschools, hospitals, beaches. Other than singing Shabbos songs with his family, his favorite tefillah is Musical Hallel. 40 plus minutes of singing, dancing and davenning with whole body and soul every Rosh Chodesh at Yeshivas Doresh in Miami. More of Jimmy’s work can be found at www.musicalmaggid.com.
2016│Blessings 2010│Healing Song for All 2008│New Moon
Singer and composer Susan Colin is a cantorial soloist based in Phoenix. She is Music Director at NefeshSoul, an independent synagogue in Chandler, Ariz., and sings regularly at other Reform and Conservative synagogues in the Phoenix valley. Her music incorporates themes that address the human experience through a Jewish lens. She has released 5 CDs and has been a featured performer at numerous conferences including the Women Cantors Network, CAJE and the URJ Biennials. Her compositions have been selected for Shalshelet Festivals in 2010 and 2013. She is also the owner of oySongs.com, an online distributor of Jewish music. More of Susan’s work can be found at susancolin.com.
2016│Zeh Hayom (This is the Day)
Bruce Chalmer’s compositions include liturgical and other Jewish-themed works for choir and instrumental ensembles. His major works include Berakhot: A Midrash Cantata, recorded in 2005 by the Fyre and Lightning Consort, and his composition Come Inside: A Midrash on Genesis 18:1. He has directed the Temple Sinai choir in South Burlington, the Beth Jacob Synagogue choir in Montpelier, and the Jewish Community Choir of Burlington, all in Vermont. He works as a psychologist in South Burlington. He is the father of 2010 Festival honoree Seth Chalmer.
2016│Eve’s Version • Yokheved’s Song 2013│HaShem, Lo Gava Libi 2010│Song of Songs
Aaron Blumenfeld received an M.A. in music composition from Rutgers University. He is a composer and concert pianist who has worked intensively in classical, jazz and Jewish music and has published books on the art of blues and barrelhouse piano improvisation. Primarily a classical composer, he has composed eleven piano concertos, works for chamber ensembles and for solo piano. He has extensive experience as a cantor and conductor of synagogue choirs. Compositions on Jewish themes include several symphonic works, Ez’kroh: A Symphonic Poem and Holocaust Memorial Symphonic Poem; two Yiddish operas, Rachel and Pagiel & Bathsheva; and many art songs. His manuscripts are in the music archives of the University of California, Berkeley. More of Aaron’s work may be found at www.aarons-world.com.
David Berger has served as cantor of KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago since 2014. Previously he served Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah in Manhattan Beach, CA and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City. He has a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MA in Jewish Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 2007 he received cantorial ordination from HUC – JIR Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music where he twice won the Cantor Israel Goldstein Prize and also earned the Lawrence Hoffman Prize in Liturgy. He has appeared in concerts in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Israel, London and Rome. His CD, Chalamti Chalom, I Dreamt a Dream is a collection of Jewish peace songs.
More of David’s work may be found at http://www.cantordavidberger.com.
Noah Aronson earned a degree in jazz composition and piano from Berklee College of Music in Boston and was Composer-in-Residence at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He released his first solo Jewish album in May 2011. The title song, “Am I Awake” was a winner in the 2011 NewVoices song competition. His latest album, Left Side of the Page, sets to music some of the poetic selections from the Mishkan Tefilah Prayer Book. He lives in New York City. (Ushmor was co-composed with Jodi Sufin.) More of Noah’s work may be found at www.noaharonson.com.
Shoshana Meira Friedman is Assistant Rabbi at Temple Sinai of Brookline, Mass. She brings a love of music, prayer, social justice, and relationship-building to the Jewish community. Integrating her background in environmental studies with her role as rabbi, she is a leader in the interfaith climate justice movement. She was ordained by Boston Hebrew College Rabbinical School, and is an alum of Oberlin College, JOIN for Justice, and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. She lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass with her husband. Her publications and music can be found at www.rabbishoshana.com
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.
2016│Ruth’s Song 2013│TzadikKatamar 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.