Back for a second year! A course for singers and instrumentalists, and for anyone interested in learning more about how Ashkenazic music works. This class is designed to help you create your own liturgical settings. We will learn the accepted nusach (musical modality) for various sections of the Shabbes services, and study prayer texts in detail, devoting close attention to meaning, correct accentuation and phrasing. We will also explore the emotional and spiritual character of each section, and look at existing settings. Working individually or in small groups, we will compose our own settings, or adapt new settings from existing tunes. Bring your creativity and an open mind, and be willing to devote time outside of class to your projects.
Faculty: Cantor Jeff Warschauer
Level: Intermediate to Advanced, and Up