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2018 BSYCA Award

Boaz will receive the Ben Steinberg Young Composer’s Award for “Mei-ayin Yavo Ezri?” at the 2018 American Conference of Cantors – Guild of Temple Musicians Convention in Dallas Texas, June 24-28, where his work will be premiered.

Boaz (born 1985), is a composer, arranger, choir conductor, pianist and music educator.  He lives in Jerusalem, Israel, together with his wife and young son.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in composition from the Cross-Disciplinary Composition Department in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. His original compositions and arrangements were performed by The Israel Sinfonietta Be’er Sheva Orchestra, Meitar Ensemble Tel Aviv and Tempera Ensemble. He is also involved in the musical theatre scene in Israel, recently directing and conducting a local Israeli English speaking production of Broadway’s “Avenue-Q”. He teaches Music Theory and Music History in the prestigious Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance High School.

Boaz is involved with the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) since early childhood, and participated in the Noar Telem Youth Movement as a counselor, songleader and program director.  Nowadays he serves as the Musical Director of Kehilat Kol Haneshama Jerusalem and is also involved nationally with the IMPJ: leads musical services throughout Israel, composes for T’filah, conducts choirs (HUC Jerusalem’s High Holiday choir conductor), and supervises music in prayer services.

Boaz directs major musical events and training for musicians in the Reform Movement. He was the Musical Director for the IMPJ’s 2016 biennial conference as well as the Musical and Artistic

Director for the World Union for Progressive Judaism “Connections 2017” conference in Jerusalem.

He was commissioned to write original music by the Society for Classical Reform Judaism, and his music was recently published by Transcontinental Music Publications.

Boaz is the co-founder and Musical Director of Nigunim Ensemble. This pioneering ensemble creates, arranges and performs music, bringing a local – Israeli unique sound and approach accompanying religious services throughout Israel.

Nigunim Ensemble’s music can be heard  via facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nigunimensemble/

Boaz’s music can be reached at: https://www.youtube.com/user/BoazDorot

 

Jeremiah Klarman is the Second Place winner of the 2018 Ben Steinberg Young Composer’s Award for his composition Meditation. Meditation was inspired by the solemnity and somber tone of the Yizkor Service.  The piece is driven by a single motif that consists of a G minor chord and a C.  The C, although not in the tonic chord, is emphasized repeatedly. This repetition symbolizes the unresolved emotions that come with grief and the longing for resolution and solace, both musically and figuratively. Finally, the C resolves back to G minor, almost like an act of acceptance in the grief process.  In the middle section there is a similar repetition of a D chord, the dominant chord which carries even more tension, before the first section is repeated and finally resolved.  The motif is stated by the solo clarinet, both at the beginning and at the end of the piece.  It emerges from nothing and fades to nothing, which is a central theme of Yizkor.

Jeremiah Klarman is a 25-year-old composer and musician from Boston, MA.  He is a 2016 graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a composition major under instruction of Michael Gandolfi and Hankus Netsky.  Jeremiah is also a proud graduate of Gann Academy: The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston.

Composing since age six, Jeremiah has always had a special love of playing and composing Jewish music. He has written Jewish-themed choral, pop and liturgical music since 2008, including Rom’mu, published by Transcontinental Music Publications and included in their Shabbat Anthology Volume VII.  His compositions have also been performed by the Zamir Chorale of Boston and by Elias Rosemberg, the Hazzan at Temple Emanuel in Newton, MA.  Jeremiah was the inaugural recipient of the 2010 Generation-to-Generation Young Composer’s Award by the American Conference of Cantors and the Guild of Temple Musicians, an award that spotlights promising, upcoming composers of Jewish music.

Jeremiah’s Adonai Ori, Kol Ha’Amim, Shiru L’Adonai and Rom’mu were included in the 2010 Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music anthology, performed at their Fourth International Festival in New York City.  Several orchestras, including the Boston Pops, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Longwood Symphony, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra have also performed Jeremiah’s instrumental music.  His Klezmer-inspired composition, Larger Than Life, was written in 2015 in loving memory of his grandfather, premiered at a special taping of the popular NPR radio program From The Top, celebrating Jewish music and works by Jewish composers [Jeremiah later orchestrated this piece and it was performed at the 2016 New England Conservatory of Music Commencement Concert].  Most recently, Jeremiah’s orchestra piece Spinning Through the Ages, A Chanukah Tribute was included in a holiday pops concert with the Lexington Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to composing, Jeremiah is an active performer in the Jewish community.  He has performed with the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot; and was a member of the New England Conservatory’s Jewish Music Ensemble for five years.  Currently, Jeremiah is the Artist in Residence at Temple Emanuel in Newton, MA, where he is also a regular musical participant at their weekly Shabbat Alive Services.

The jury for the 2018 Ben Steinberg Young Composer’s Award consisted of renowned composers Cantor Jonathan Comisar, Steve Cohen, Paul Richards, and David Shukiar. David Shukiar, the Vice President of Special Projects for the Guild of Temple Musicians, serves as the coordinating juror and facilitator of the award. Boaz Dorot will receive the Ben Steinberg Young Composer’s Award for “Mei-ayin Yavo Ezri?” at the 2017 American Conference of Cantors – Guild of Temple Musicians Convention in Dallas Texas, June 24-28, where his work will be premiered.

The Guild of Temple Musicians, an affiliate of the American Conference of Cantors, is dedicated towards enriching the Judaic musical knowledge and expertise of its membership, and the Jewish populace in general, through continuing education and development. This is the 27th year of the GTM Ben Steinberg Young Composer’s Award. For more information about this award and the Guild of Temple Musicians visit: www.thegtm.org.