Zamir Choral Foundation Launches Survey of Jewish Choral Singing

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Zamir Choral Foundation has announced the inauguration of the first-ever survey of Jewish choral singing in North America.  The effort is designed to elicit information from choral singers of all ages, as well as family members and friends who encourage their efforts by attending concerts and making donations to support their choirs.  Special sections of the survey are also geared towards cantors, conductors and other Jewish communal professionals whose work is impacted by Jewish choral singing.

Matthew Lazar, founder and director of the Zamir Choral Foundation, explained that the survey was created by the leadership of the Foundation in collaboration with Dr. Diane Tickton Schuster, Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, and a leading researcher on adult and experiential Jewish learning; and Dr. Ezra Kopelowitz, a Jerusalem-based sociologist who has written prolifically about Jewish peoplehood.  “The results of the survey will be used to encourage support for the growth and expansion of Jewish choral opportunities throughout the Jewish community” said Mr. Lazar.  He continued, “We’re also eager to find out more about the people who sing Jewish choral music, and the ways in which that singing affects their lives, both musically and Jewishly.”

The survey will remain open through May 31.  Preliminary results will be presented at the Zamir Choral Foundation’s 21st annual North American Jewish Choral Festival, to be held July 25 – 29 at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, NY.

Visit the Foundation’s website at www.zamirchoralfoundation.org.


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