2010Shema Koleinu
Joel Nothman recently begun arranging and composing music while researching a Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics at the University of Sydney (Australia). In 2008 he was awarded a University Medal for his undergraduate studies in Computer Science, Linguistics and Classical Hebrew. He also has a keen interest and involvement in Jewish education, especially in non-didactic forms of study and the process of textual interpretation. He is a tenor vocalist, regularly leading synagogue services, and singing with a variety of groups ranging from a small Early Music ensemble to Jewish community choirs since 2006. While he has arranged a number of Jewish pieces, Shema Koleinu is his first setting of a liturgical piece, and is among his very first compositions. www.joelnothman.com/music