David Goldstein

2016 │ ‘Ale Elai   2010Let Me Be a Seal Upon Your Heart • Arise My Beloved   2008Modeh 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.

Devin Goldenberg

2008Shahar 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.

Raquel Pomerantz Gershon

 2013│Eizehu • Geshem
Raquel Pomerantz Gershon became a “serious” songwriter after being named a finalist in the first American Zionist Movement songwriting competition in 1994.  With encouragement from Debbie Friedman, z”l, she continued composing and begin recording her original songs. Her CDs Jerusalem on My Mind (1996), and Candlesticks of Silver (2011), include songs she has written for both adults and children, including a number of commissioned works.  She holds degrees in both Jewish education and special education and studied sacred Jewish music at JTS. Over the years she has served as a cantorial soloist and has taught Jewish music and tefillah to children and adults of all ages and abilities at summer camps, day schools and supplemental Hebrew schools at Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist congregations. She lives with her family in Dallas, Tex.

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

Marcelo Gindlin

 2010Ahavah Rabbah  2008Candle BlessingVe 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).

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

Mark Glicksman

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.

Abby Bernstein Gostein

 2010Lekhu NeranenaThe Blessing of Memory / ha-Makom Yenahem Etkhem
Abby Bernstein Gostein began composing Jewish liturgical music in 1986, which was the start of a long-term involvement with Reform Jewish musical leadership that has included youth group and summer camp songleading, choral conducting, music teaching, and leading congregations in song and prayer. She has served Union for Reform Judaism congregations as a cantorial soloist since 1994 and currently serves in that capacity at Temple Beth Shalom in Austin, Texas. She holds an M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from Yale University, where she organized and led the first Jewish singing group on campus. She strives to create compositions that are both moving and accessible, with memorable melodies and contemporary harmonies intended to be easily usable by cantor or soloist, congregation or choir. Her works have been sung throughout the United States and internationally. Her CD Each Blessing contains her original compositions, including her 2010 Shalshelet Festival compositions, Lekhu Neranena and The Blessing of Memory – Ha makom Yenahem Ethem. She is a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians, where she serves as Vice President of Membership, and the Women Cantors’ Network, where she serves on the Music Commission Committee for 2011. www.abbygostein.com

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  2008Yah 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

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

Carol Boyd Leon

2004Shalom ‘Aleikhem
Carol Boyd Leon is a composer, cantorial soloist, and choir director. She is music specialist at Gesher Jewish Day School, Olam Tikvah Preschool, Beth Emeth Early Childhood Center, Keshet Child Development Center, and Beth El Hebrew Congregation Religious School, Alexandria. She serves as Tot Shabbat Leader at Beth El Hebrew Congregation and Congregation B’nai Tzedek and as cantorial soloist at Greenspring Village, Springfield. The founding and current director of the Olam Tikvah (adult) Chorale, Kol NoVa Community Youth Choir, Harmoniyah of Gesher Jewish Day School, and the Beth El Hebrew Congregation Youth Choir, she instituted NoVaShir, a multi-age choral festival based in Northern Virginia. Her publications include Songs from the Heart: Family Shabbat, Jewish Life Cycle, and Gan Shirim.

Lise Brown

2013│Ani Shalom
Lise Brown is a musician and composer living in New York City.  For the past five years she has studied at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, and from 2007-2009 was an arts fellow there as a composer. As well as composing Jewish music, she performs on flute and saxophone in dance music genres: Latin, swing, and most recently Irish-based contra dance music. She leads an eight-piece Irish-Latin-swing band called Big Bandemonium which has performed coast to coast in the US at major music festivals and dance camps.

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

Fred Blumenthal

2004Ashrei
Fred Blumenthal, a native of St. Louis, studied composition with Karel Husa and choral music with Gregg Smith at Ithaca College in the mid-1960s. Returning to St. Louis, he attended Washington University, where he studied composition, music education and choral conducting before completing a Ph.D. in musicology and writing a dissertation on the history of music in St. Louis. He has taught in inner-city public schools, has taught piano privately, and has been active in synagogue and church choir directing, piano and harpsichord technology, radio announcing, and newspaper criticism. Fred is vice-president of the St. Louis Circle of Jewish Music and is a former vice-president of the Guild of Temple Musicians.