Since 1990, the North American Jewish Choral Festival has attracted hundreds of singers from across the country to connect to Jewish culture during a five-day immersion in Jewish music. It’s led by a renowned staff of conductors and other music experts who inspire to create a unique musical society. This year’s 34th annual festival will be held from July 9 to 13 at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y. Participants enjoy a wide variety of Jewish musical experiences including daily community sings, workshops and seminars, and evening concerts. This year’s festival celebrates the 75th anniversary of the State of Israel with choral repertoire by Israeli composers featured throughout the program.
“The festival is for anyone who wants to experience the joy of Jewish music,” Matthew Lazar, the festival’s founder and director, said. “The participants are multi-generational and include amateur singers, professionals, cantors, conductors, and lovers of Jewish music of all ages. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, you’ll leave with new skills, new music, and new friends to cherish as hundreds of singers gather together for an unforgettable experience.”
According to Dana Stein of North Brunswick, who has been participating in the festival since its inception, “The festival presents a wonderful opportunity to learn extraordinary music and work with accomplished conductors from all over the world, all while having a mini vacation.”
One of the distinguishing features of this festival is that individual singers can participate in instant ensembles. Singers are divided into five different choirs, based on their sight-reading abilities and previous musical experience. The festival culminates with each ensemble performing for the entire group.
The North American Jewish Choral Festival is a program of the Zamir Choral Foundation. For more information, go to zamirchoralfoundation.org.