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Be a cantor

Last updated: 2004-06-02

Be a cantor

Be a cantor

What: JMI Cantorial Summer School

When: 20 - 24 June 2004 : 10am - 5.30pm

Where: SOAS University of London


For the first time in London, a Summer School devoted to the traditional modes and melodies of the synagogue - for Sabbaths, Pilgrim Festivals, High Holydays, and Jewish weddings in the Ashkenazi (Eastern and Western European) tradition - for people of all backgrounds from very beginners to even the most experienced service leaders.

Come and learn / brush up / refine / improve / develop / broaden / increase your skills and learn some new music that is guaranteed to enhance the services in your synagogue. There will be opportunities for problem solving. The focus will be on repertoire and technique as well as interpretation of the text and congregational participation. It takes place at London University, in the heart of Bloomsbury.

This course is a 'must attend' for anybody leading services on the High Holydays or who is occasionally called upon to lead Sabbath or Holiday Services. It is also for those new to the genre. (Fluency in Hebrew, knowledge of the liturgy and written musical notation will be an advantage)

10.00am—9.00pm each day

All day illustrated lectures and hands on workshops on the rich
tapestry of Jewish liturgical tradition

Concentration on teaching the modes and melodies of the Ashkenazi liturgical Tradition
(fluency in Hebrew, knowledge of the liturgy and understanding of written musical notation will be an advantage)
There will be a specific topic for each day with 6 sessions starting at 10.00m and finishing at 9.00pm

SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

Full rate: £165, student rate: £110
Fees will include all tuition and workshops as well as tea and coffee and kosher snack lunch.

Sunday only: £50, student rate: £30
Scholarships: Some scholarships covering all or part of the course fees are available. These are normally for full-time students under 30, but other categories may be considered.

Accommodation: Not included but we can recommend hotels and hostels near to SOAS.

To register please download the registration form and print it out and post it or email it as an attachment.

For more details
Tel: 020 8909 2445
Fax: 020 8909 1030

International Faculty of Cantors from USA, Canada and Israel

Stephen Glass: Course Director , Director of Music at Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue, Montreal
Cantor Arie L Subar: Course leader , Cantor of Beth Ora Synagogue, Montreal and widely acknowledged as a Nusach master and one of the great communicative prayer leaders
Cantor Naftali Herstik: Guest Lecturer , Cantor of the Great Synagogue, Jerusalem and Head of the Cantors' Institute in Jerusalem
Cantor Alberto Mizrahi: Guest Lecturer, Cantor of Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, renowned world wide as 'The Pavarotti of the Bimah'

Cantor Naftali HerstikCantor Alberto Mizrahi
Naftali Herstik (left), Alberto Mizrahi

Advisory Board
Rev Reuben Turner, Cantor Lionel Rosenfeld, Cantor Moshe Haschel, Cantor Stephen Robins, Cantor Geoffrey Shisler, Cantor Stanley Brickman, Victor Tunkel and others, Rabbi Mark Goldsmith
International Advisory Board
Cantor Naftali Herstik (Great Synagogue, Jerusalem)
Cantor Alberto Mizrahi (Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago)
Cantor Joseph A Levine (Philadelphia)

Organising Committee
Stephen Glass, Montreal; Alexander Knapp, Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music, SOAS, University of London; Jaclyn Chernett, Musicologist; Geraldine Auerbach MBE Director of JMI