We are thrilled to welcome first-time faculty members and master musicians Ethel Raim, Moussa (Moshe) Berlin, Cantor Aaron ben Soussan, and Lauren Brody. And, we’ll enthusiastically welcome the return of Alan Bern and Veretski Pass to our teaching faculty.
- Moussa (Moshe) Berlin, is master of the Klezmer Tradition in Israel, and the premiere exponent of Meron clarinet style and repertoire.
- The great Moroccan chazzn, Cantor Aaron ben Soussan , will teach Piyyutim, the Sefardic vocal form that is the hottest music in Israel and on the international Jewish music scene. Cantor ben Soussan will also pick up where Cantor Jack Mendelsohn left off last summer, teaching Ashkenazic cantorial singing.
- In the early ’60s, Ethel 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 specializes in teaching traditional unaccompanied Yiddish singing, primarily lyric love songs – the kind young girls often learned from their mothers, aunts and older sisters in pre-WW II Eastern Europe – as well as lullabies and ballads which she learned over the years from older singers and from ethnographic recordings. In addition to all of this, Ethel is the Artistic Director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD).
- Accordionist Lauren Brody is one of the Pioneers of the Klezmer Revival, a founding member of the seminal group, Kapelye. She is also a masterful exponent of traditional Bulgarian music.