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.