Mission Statement

To enhance the knowledge and expertise of The Guild of Temple Musicians (GTM) members through continuing education in the field of Jewish music.

To encourage and provide education about Jewish music for GTM members, utilizing the expertise of experienced scholars, musicians, and Cantors, including members of the faculty of the Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR):

  • through national conventions and local gatherings, often in conjunction with other professional organizations such as the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), Cantors Assembly (CA), Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and/or Rabbinical Assembly (RA);
  • through educational programs sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), HUC-JIR and/or CCAR;
  • through the Guild’s website and listserv, the President’s Email letters and regular Email newsletters.

To promote Jewish music of quality and craft by encouraging:

  • the study and creation of music of depth and substance for use in worship and concert, including settings for solo voice, choirs and instruments;
  • understanding of the cantillation of Jewish sacred texts;
  • understanding of nusach, ha-tefillah and worship music based upon it.

To encourage young, and/or new Jewish composers to write music of Jewish content for worship and concert.

To encourage experienced composers not already engaged in writing Jewish music to do so, while continuing to support and encourage those already engaged in Jewish composition.

To promote Jewish music, serve the wider Jewish community and support the profession of the cantorate in its quests for excellence.

To educate our Cantorial Soloists about opportunities for seeking Cantorial investiture or certification, and supporting and encouraging those who choose to follow that path.

To provide support for GTM synagogue musicians via:

  • periodic salary surveys;
  • sample contracts;
  • opportunities for networking with other synagogue musicians;
  • periodic announcements of employment opportunities for GTM members via the website.

To encourage study of Judaica and the Hebrew language.

Approved by the GTM Board on 5/7/11.

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