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The first collection of instrumental scores developed specifically for the Jewish Wedding Ceremony

Until now, it has been virtually impossible to find music for a Jewish wedding ceremony that is stately, elegant, beautiful, and authentically Jewish. Jewish Wedding Music: Processionals and Recessionals solves the problem.

Jewish Wedding Music: Processionals and Recessionals

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Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

M.Mus. (Voice), The Juilliard School
B.A., (Psychology), Barnard College
Composer/Lyricist, BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre (Advanced) Workshop
     2000-present

MUSICALS, MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS

  ON WITH THE SHOW (contributing ccomposer), 2012
  THE SISTERS PLOTZ (composer/arranger), 2012
  GO GREEN! : Prince Charming’s Quest for Love and Ecology in NYC (composer), 2012
     Honorable Mention, Jackie White Memorial National Children's Play Writing Award, 2012
  GETTING NOWHERE FAST (composer)
  UNDERSTOOD BETSY (composer) 1st prize Jackie White Memorial National Children's Playwriting Award, 2009
  UNDERSTOOD BETSY (composer) Mack Performing Arts Center, Arlington, Vermont 2008
  ETHAN ALLEN AND THE GREEN MOUNTAIN BOYS INVENT VERMONT (composer)
     Mack Performing Arts Center, Arlington, Vermont, 2008
  THE BALLAD OF ROM ‘N’ JULZ, Reading at Dramatists Guild, NYC, 2008
  UNDERSTOOD BETSY (composer), winner of 12th National Children’s Theatre Competition,
     performed at Actors’ Playhouse, Coral Gables Florida
  Nada Te Turbe choral composition, Children’s Aid Society commission, 2006
  A LIFE IN THE THEATRE, incidental music, Woodstock (NY) Playhouse
  THE OUTSIDER, in development at O’Neill Puppet Conference
  I’M SOMEONE ELSE (Sally Fisher), Great Small Works’ Toy Theater Festival, NYC
  THE APOLOGY, feature film score, (Lamb Films, LA)
  Raw Impressions Musical Theatre #8 (Composer/Lyricist), La Mama Theatre, NYC
  Raw Impressions Musical Theatre #1  (Composer/Lyricist), NYC
  Raw Impressions Musical Theatre #1  (Composer/Lyricist), NYC
  HOT KLEZMER (co-composer), Off-Broadway review, Jewish Repertory Theater
  Senior Composer/Arranger for Transcontinental Music: composing, arranging, composing, digital music sequencing,
     editing and rewriting submitted scores
  Arranger for Cantor Noah Schall
Hundreds of arrangements for Broadway at the 92Y Chorus, Academy for Jewish Religion, Chicago Sinai Temple,
      and others
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MUSIC DIRECTING, CONDUCTING

  2008 - Present Conductor/Arranger, Broadway at 92Y Chorus
  2011 - Present Pianist/Arranger, Cantorial Practicums, Academy for Jewish Religion, Yonkers, NY
  2010 Music Director, A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK (Kramer/Schwartz), with Leslie Kritzer
  2008 Music Director, A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK (Kramer/Schwartz), Recording with Donna Lynne
     Champlin, Mark Jacoby, Sharon McKnight
  2007 Music Director/Arranger, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, Stagedoor Manor
  2006 Music Director, Broadway at the 92Y  Summer Sing-ins, NYC
    Music Director/Vocal Arranger, TAILS (Platt/Masi), 45th Street Theatre, NYC
    Music Director, The Jonatha Brooke Show, Tanya Moberley, Don’t Tell Mama’s, NYC
  2005 Music Director/Arranger, THE BELLS OF CHRISTMAS, Irish Repertory Theatre
    Music Director/Composer, Camp Theatreworks (Theatreworks USA), NYC
    Music Director, Broadway at the 92 Y Summer Sing-ins, NYC
    Assistant Music Director/Accompanist, Broadway at the 92 Y Chorus, NYC
  2004 Music Director, BEEHIVE, Depot Theatre, Westport, New York
    Music Director, Raw Impressions Musical Theatre #11, La Mama Theatre NYC
    Music Director, VALADON (Greer - Katsaros), York Theatre, NYC
    Music Director/Performer, ZEV,  (Dupont-Jubien - Szerman), NYC
  2003 Music Director/Composer I’M SOMEONE ELSE (Sally Fisher),
     Great Small Works’ Toy Theater Festival, NYC
    Music Director, Raw Impressions Musical Theatre #8
  2001 Music Director/Composer, Raw Impressions Musical Theatre #1
    Vocal Coach, SONGS OF PARADISE, Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, NYC
    Music Director, BALANCING ACT (Wambui Bahati), in Chicago and New York
    Pianist, EIGHT BY TEN (Nederlanders)
  2000 Music Director/Pianist, Songs of Repentance  CD set, (Transcontinental)
  1999 Arranger, Music Director, CD: Sacred Service, Zenia Sacks Da Silva
  1998 Contributed Music to HOT KLEZMER, Jewish Repertory Theatre, NYC
    Summer camp music director/pianist,
     GUYS AND DOLLS, GYPSY, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, PAINT YOUR WAGON, THE
     MOST HAPPY FELLA, WHERE’S CHARLEY? and others
    Rehearsal/Audition pianist, Equity, Ogunquit Theatre
    Music Director and Pianist for cabarets:  Dillon’s, Don’t Tell Mama’s, NY
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PERFORMANCE

  Joint Klezmer/Jazz concerts with Valerie Capers Quintet
  Mezzo-soprano soloist, Music at St. Alban's (S.I.) Orchestral Festival
  DI YAM GAZLONIM (PIRATES OF PENZANCE in Yiddish), role of Ruth,
Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, 92nd Street Y, NYC
  HOT KLEZMER, Vocals and Keyboard, Jewish Repertory Theatre
     West End Klezmorim, Vocals and Keyboard, at Carnegie Hall, the White House, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall,
     Symphony Space, St. Peter’s Jazz Church etc.
  Musical Elements (Daniel Asia and Robert Beaser, Directors): Contemporary Classical Music
  Café Quartet (French Cabaret Music)
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PRIZES, AWARDS

  Honorable Mention, Jackie White Memorial National Children's Play Writing Award, 2012
  Competition Winner, Inaugural Production for the New York Children’s Theater Festival, NYC, 2012
  First Prize, Jackie White Memorial National Children’s Play Writing Contest, 2009
  Shalshelet Competition, 2008
  ASCAP Plus Award, 2009, 2008
  12th Annual National Children’s Theatre Competition, 2007
  Composition Grant, Children’s Aid Society Chorus, NYC, 2006
  Diana Barnhart/Ned Rorem American Song Competition Honorable mention 2005, 2003
  Outside-the-Bachs Composition Competition prize, Ft. Worth, TX, 2004
  Shalshelet Inaugural Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music, Chevy Chase, MD prize 2004
  Composition Award, New Jewish Music Commission, LA, 2000
  Composition Award, Christian Fellowship of Art Song Composers, Santa Barbara, CA, 2000
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PUBLICATIONS

  Jewish Wedding Music: Processionals and Recessionals (KOL DODI Vol. 2) (Bitterpearl Music, 2011)
  Kol Dodi: Jewish Music for Weddings (Transcontinental Music, Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 2002)
  Songs of Repentance: An Anthology of High Holiday Music (Transcontinental, 2000)
  Seht die Lichter, A Sacred Service, (Transcontinental, 1999)
  A Passover Haggadah CD (Transcontinental, 1997)
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TEACHING

  1985-present Private studio: Voice teacher and coach (opera, Broadway, pop/jazz)
    Private studio: Piano (classical, pop, jazz)
    Teaching: Classes Sight Singing, Ear Training and Music Theory
     —privately and for members of The Collegiate Chorale
    Coach, diction coach: (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, Yiddish)
    Coach: Musical Theatre music
  2011 Master Class, Brown University: “Musical Theatre Since RENT”
  2007 Stagedoor Manor, classes in vocal technique and vocal coaching
  1992-present Voice Faculty, Extension Division, Mannes College of Music, New School University, NYC
  1991-1992 Voice instructor, Gallatin Program, New York University
  1990 Voice Faculty, The Lucy Moses School
  1980-1992 Piano accompanying staff, The Juilliard School:
     classical instrumental repertoire, operatic vocal repertoire)
    The Gallatin Program, New York University
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CANTORIAL EXPERIENCE

  1992 - Present Cantor, Rossmoor Jewish Congregation, Jamesburg, NJ
  1991 - 1992 Cantor, Temple Sinai, Bayshore, NY
  1987 - 1991 Cantor, Temple Sinai, Massapequa, NY
  1985 - 1987 Cantor, Temple Beth Ohr, Brooklyn, NY
  1982 - 1985 Hazzanit Sheinit, High Holy Days, Central Synagogue, NYC
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MISCELLANEOUS

  Member of the Board of Directors, American Society for Jewish Music
  Member of NATS, NYSTA
  Consultant, York (PA) County High School Theatre Awards Shows
  Jonathan Schwartz (WNYC) broadcasts
  Work presented at BMI smokers, “Next Stage” cabaret
  Member of ASCAP,  Dramatists Guild
   
  Studies in:
  Voice: opera: Martin Lies, Rose Bampton, Daniel Ferro
  Yiddish song: Mascha Benya, Lazar Weiner
  Jazz Improvisation: (voice: Janet Lawson, Jay Clayton; piano: Haim Cotton, Valerie Capers)
  Classical Piano: Jeaneane Dowis, Rosina Lhevinne (Aspen Festival)
  Composition: McNeil Robinson
  Elementary Folk Guitar: (Ed Maceachen, Rich Bennett)
  Fluent in Finale, Sibelius, GarageBand
  Familiar with Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase

References on request.

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