Dellheim Cantorial Senior Recital 1/26

Date: Jan 26, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Sponsor: H. L. Miller Cantorial School

Location: New York City

Category: Public Lectures & Events

Cantorial Students Perform at Park Avenue Synagogue

H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary presents the John Leopold and Martha Dellheim Senior Recitals. This is the first of two senior recitals, featuring graduating seniors Summer Greenwald-Gonella, Sarah Levine, and Isaac Yager. The second senior recital is January 30

Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

Park Avenue Synagogue
50 E. 87th Street
New York City

About the Program

Join Summer Greenwald-Gonella, Sarah Levine, and Isaac Yager for an exciting evening of music and spirit as they share their talents and their vision for the 21st century cantorate. The recital will feature a wide range of great Jewish music—hazzanut, art songs, popular Israeli songs, and ensemble pieces—in Hebrew, Ladino, and Yiddish. Joyce Rosenzweig, adjunct instructor at JTS, is the pianist for this concert.

About the Performers

Summer Greenwald-Gonella is currently in her fifth year of cantorial school at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is pursuing a Master of Sacred Music degree while concurrently earning a Masters degree in Jewish Education through the Davidson School. Recently, she completed a 12-week chaplaincy internship, and found this to be one of the most rewarding parts of her training. Summer earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from California State University, Northridge and graduated cum laude in 2010. Summer is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Society of Leadership and Success, and Golden Key Society. 

Summer is from sunny Modesto, California, where she grew up attending Congregation Beth Shalom, a conservative shul, with her family; there she studied, led Shabbat services and tutored b’nei mitzvah students. She loves working with children and inspiring in them a connection to Judaism through music. She has very much valued her cantorial internship at Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff, New Jersey for the past three years and has truly relished the opportunity to be mentored by and work with Cantor Ilan Mamber, and to serve the TBR community. In true “summer” fashion, Summer loves the beach, sun, and shopping.

Sarah Levine is from Cherry Hill, NJ.  She attended Temple University, where she received a B.A. in Jewish Studies, with a minor in Music. At the Jewish Theological Seminary, Sarah is a fifth-year cantorial student at the H.L. Miller Cantorial School and is completing an M.A. in education at the William Davidson School of Education.  At JTS, Sarah is in her third year of serving as co-gabbai of the Women’s League Seminary Synagogue (WLSS).  She is the current Jewish Life Director for the Graduate Students, and for her Davidson practicum is teaching davening and leyning skills to rabbinical and cantorial students.  In the past she served as admissions intern for the Cantorial School and as president of the Cantorial School Student Organization (CSSO). 

As part of her studies, Sarah lived in Israel for a year where she studied at Machon Schechter and Hebrew Union College. Sarah served as cantorial intern at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, MD and as Cantor/Educator at Knesset Israel in Pittsfield, MA. She completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. For High Holidays, Sarah has served as Cantor at Temple El Emeth in Youngstown, Ohio and as Hazzan Sheni at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, MD.

Isaac Yager is a senior at the Jewish Theological Seminary H.L. Miller Cantorial School and William Davidson School for Jewish Education.  During his year of study in Israel, Isaac had the privilege to sing in the Jerusalem Great Synagogue choir and study hazzanut with Raymond Goldstein and Hazzan Naftali Herstik. Born in New York City, Isaac has sung professionally with the Boston Lyric Opera chorus, and was a young artist in the Castleton Festival, the late Maestro Lorin Maazel’s summer music festival, where he studied voice with artists including Neil Shicoff and Denyce Graves.  Currently, Isaac continues his vocal studies with Mr. Shicoff.  As a High Holiday hazzan, Isaac has served communities on Long Island and in upstate New York.  Last year, he served as the cantorial intern at Congregation Ansche Chesed synagogue in New York City,as well as the Jewish educational intern at Park Avenue Synagogue Congregational School; he has also taught in the classroom at Park Avenue Synagogue for the past four years.  Isaac holds a B.A. in theater from Bard College and a M.M. in vocal performance from Boston University. He currently serves as Cantor at Adath Israel in Middletown, CT.

Joyce Rosenzweig is an internationally recognized pianist, conductor, master class presenter, lecturer, coach, arranger, and authority on Jewish art and synagogue music. She has performed in concerts throughout the US, Europe, Canada, and Israel, and is a dedicated educator of cantors and synagogue musicians, having served for over twenty-five years on the faculty of Hebrew Union College–Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, where she holds the title of Artist-in-Residence. She has been a faculty member at The Jewish Theological Seminary’s H. L. Miller Cantorial School since 2004, and has served as Music Director of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in Manhattan since 1994.

Save the Date

The second senior recital is January 30