Ethel Raim is the Artistic Director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) and is widely recognized for her expertise in both Yiddish and Balkan vocal traditions. She has had a long-standing career as a performer, workshop leader/singing teacher and recording artist (Elektra/Nonesuch). In the early 60s, Ms. Raim founded, directed, and sang with the Pennywhistlers – the influential a cappella women’s vocal group whose recordings of traditional Yiddish, Russian and Balkan music were instrumental in seeding a number of women’s vocal ensembles across America. She pioneered the teaching of Balkan singing in the US in the late 60s/early 70s, and has taught nationally and internationally ever since. Since 2010, Raim has specialized in teaching traditional unaccompanied Yiddish singing, and has conducted annual advanced singing workshops at Yiddish Summer Weimar. She has also taught Yiddish singing workshops in Melbourne, Australia. She is internationally acclaimed as a master teacher and an expert on the vocal traditions in which she specializes.