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Kathy Storfer

Shomeir Shirah Award Winner 2013

For 15 years, Kathy was the Musical Director for her home temple of the Jewish Family Congregation in South Salem, NY.  Currently, she is the conductor for Kolot Sinai, the adult choir for Temple Sinai in Stamford, CT and also works as a co-coordinator for Ruach, their 15 piece vocal and instrumental band.   She often serves as a teacher and Cantorial Soloist and has been most involved in interfaith relations.  A convert to Judaism, she has helped create and run programs for several interfaith groups in the NY Westchester area.

For her “day job,” Kathy works as a librarian at the Bedford Hills Free Library in NY where she is the Program Director.  As a storyteller, she performs at numerous venues throughout the area and enjoys sharing stories of all kinds with people of all ages.

Before her current occupations, Kathy worked for nearly 20 years as a publicist and freelance writer working for entertainment and arts organizations.  She was happy to bring these skills to the assistance of the Guild during her 4-year tenure as a Board Member.

It is Kathy’s good fortune to be married to Paul Storfer and they are the proud parents of Jonathan and Daniel, both of whom are currently attending college.

Kathy Storfer

2013 Shomeir Shirah Award Winner
Kathy Storfer

The presentation of the 2013 Award by Aryell Cohen, GTM President:

The GTM Shomeir Shirah Award was established in 1990 to recognize persons of good character who have made significant contributions to the Guild, furthered its mission and have, as a result of these things, strengthened excellence in the field of synagogue music.  Previous recipients of this award have ranged from Guild members themselves, to cantors and rabbis in our movement, and to others who have devoted themselves to reinforcing the work of the Guild.

This year, the Guild of Temple Musicians is honored and proud to present our 2013 Shomeir Shirah Award recipient, Kathy Storfer.  As our Vice President in charge of Publicity and Communication, Kathy’s contributions to the GTM have been immeasurable and far-reaching.  In terms of general publicity for the GTM, Kathy has handled the creation of our newsletter as well as the maintenance of press lists and member lists to receive our newsletter, she has coordinated our publicity campaigns for Mifgash Musicale as well as all of our conventions in conjunction with the ACC, she administers and updates the GTM Facebook page daily with some of the best and funniest pictures having to do with music and Judaism, and she recently created a new newsletter that highlight events our members are involved in that are of interest to the GTM membership.

Over the last few years she has almost singlehandedly transformed our website, and continues to update our site with current and upcoming information handling all of the photos, links and formatting.  She continues to contact and solicit members to create new articles for both the public and private side of our website.  She continually posts new meaningful content, creating more and more interest and traffic to our site.  And she is constantly updating and adding new photo galleries with captions highlighting our membership.  And this is only the things we can see.  What we can’t see is how she corrects all of the issues as they arise with the website, checking daily to make sure that we are up and running, contacting the web designer to handle problems and fixing broken links.  And she is working with our designer and programmer to update and enhance the site, always keeping it current with new developments in technology.

For the Young Composer’s Award she has handled all of the preparation of the releases for the YCA criteria, the formal announcing of the YCA winner as well as the newsletter announcement.  She has maintained and enlarged the contact list of both appropriate contacts at universities and music schools plus contacts with the press for announcements thereby increasing the visibility and prestige of the award.  After the formal announcing of our winner, she has contacted any and all newspapers that have any local contact to our winner.

Most importantly, she is a sweet soul whose love for Judaism and Jewish Music continues to inspire.  I know I can speak for all of the board when I say that we are eternally grateful for all she has done for our organization and grateful for the way she has touched each of our lives.

It is with great pride that we present Kathy Storfer as our Shomeir Shirah Award recipient for 2013.