Thoughts on Conducting

by Judith Karzen

My first conducting lesson was very short.

Erwin Jospe, Director of Music at the Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago, said to me, “Imagine the choir sitting on the piano—soprano, alto, tenor, bass. Now, do whatever you have to do to get them to do what you want.” (more…)

Conducting the Synagogue Volunteer Choir

by Warren Sickel

5 years ago I became the Co-Director of Music for Temple Beth Shalom, the sole Jewish Congregation in Topeka, KS with a warm and enthusiastic total of 109 families.  Being, literally, in the center of the country, with some support services from nearby Kansas City, we need to do things on our own and provide for our spiritual needs as best we can. (more…)

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