H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary presents the John Leopold and Martha Dellheim Senior Recitals
Monday, January 27, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Hillary Chorny ● Jonathan Angress ● Frani Goodman
Monday, March 10, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
David Wallach ● Jenna Daniels ● Randall Levin
Join this year's graduating seniors as they share what they have learned, including Hebrew songs, Yiddish favorites, cantorial gems, ensemble pieces, and on January 27 only, excerpts from an Alan Mencken musical about King David. Joyce Rosenzweig, adjunct instructor of Music, JTS, will be the pianist at both performances. A reception in honor of the performers will follow each program.
Admission is free and open to the public.
RSVP at www.jtsa.edu/recitals
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
JANUARY 27 RECITAL
Hillary Chorny is working toward cantorial investiture, rabbinical ordination, and a master's degree in Sacred Music at JTS. Raised in San Diego, she graduated from Washington DC's American University with a BA in Jewish Studies and a minor in vocal jazz performance, and later worked as a Judaics instructor and music director. She is currently enjoying her third year as the cantor of White Meadow Temple in Rockaway, New Jersey.
Jonathan Angress's music career began when, at the age of six, he picked up a violin after seeing Fiddler on the Roof. He was soon playing in several orchestras and giving solo recitals. Jonathan earned a BA in Music and Judaic Studies from the University of Miami, where he helped to found its Pre-Cantorial Studies program. He is the student cantor at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Frani Goodman—singer, dancer, and musician-has performed since the age of three, beginning in Canada, and then in Israel, England, and Australia. She has sung with the H. L. Miller Cantorial School Chorus, and been an integral part of JTS's High Holiday services. Always drawn to the academic side of music, Frani feels fulfilled to have made the move from the theoretical to the practical, with Jewish music and JTS as the vehicles for that change.
MARCH 10 RECITAL
David Wallach was born in Wisconsin, received a BM from Lawrence University, and then pursued a career in New York City as an opera singer and recitalist. While serving as cantorial soloist, David has developed more than a dozen sermons in song and multiple adult learning activities. Most recently, at the Orangetown Jewish Center in Orangeburg, New York, David developed and led an a cappella group to accompany services, created a music program for the school, and organized and taught a trope class.
Jenna Daniels will graduate from JTS in May with a double master's degree in Sacred Music and Jewish Education. During her time here, she has taught at New York City's Ansche Chesed Congregational School, served as High Holy Days cantor at Ahavath Achim-Hebrew Congregation in Wichita, Kansas, and continues to serve as cantorial intern at Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Jenna holds a BA in Classical Voice (magna cum laude) from Florida State University, where she was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa.
Randall Levin received a BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Akron School of Music before completing his graduate studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a professional, he has appeared as an operatic and concert soloist in the United States and Europe, and taught voice. While at JTS, Randall served as the student cantor for Agudath Israel Etz Ahayem Synagogue in Montgomery, Alabama, and as cantorial intern at the Commack Jewish Center on Long Island. He currently serves as cantor at the Highland Park Conservative Temple in New Jersey.
PIANIST AT BOTH RECITALS
Joyce Rosenzweig—adjunct instructor at the H. L. Miller Cantorial School, pianist, arranger, conductor, and authority on Jewish art and synagogue music-is also music director of New York's Congregation Beth Simchat Torah. She has collaborated in concert with most of the great cantors of this generation. Joyce studied piano performance at Oberlin Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, choral conducting at Westminster Choir College, Yiddish at Oxford University and JTS, and art song and chamber music in Canada and Vienna.
The students of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary spend five years learning and integrating the skills that will allow them to serve the Jewish community as cantors, leaders, and educators. The training includes performance preparation and studies in nusah, prayer, text skills, and general music.
This program is cosponsored by the John Leopold and Martha Dellheim Endowment Fund and the H. L. Miller Cantorial School. John Dellheim (z"l) was a Holocaust survivor who became a pioneer computer programmer at IBM. He deeply loved Judaism and Jewish music, and endowed the John Leopold and Martha Dellheim Senior Recitals in order to bring Western cantorial music to synagogues around the United States via the graduating cantors of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School, thereby perpetuating the performance and transmission of Jewish sacred music to future generations. He dedicated the annual senior recitals to his beloved mother, Martha Dellheim (z"l). The John Leopold and Martha Dellheim Senior Recitals initiative includes an internship program that pairs students with mentors in the field, and expands the school's opportunities to teach concert planning, enhance repertoire coaching, and present student performances.