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Joyce Rosenzweig, Music Director

Joyce will be honored at our 24th Annual Benefit Concert, "Psalm Enchanted Evening"
June 2, 2019, 4 pm at 130 West 30th Street, New York NY.
Join in celebrating her 25 years of soulful, brilliant musical leadership at CBST.

Pianist/conductor Joyce Rosenzweig performs frequently in concerts throughout the United ‎States, Canada, Europe, and Israel. A native of Houston, she studied piano performance at ‎Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and Indiana University, choral conducting ‎at Westminster Choir College, and art song and chamber music at the Banff Centre of the Arts ‎‎(Canada), the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival ‎‎(Texas), and the Franz Schubert Institute (Vienna), where she was awarded first prize in lieder ‎accompaniment. She has collaborated in recital with ensembles from the New York ‎Philharmonic and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and appeared as guest soloist with the New ‎Orleans Philharmonic and the Texas Festival Orchestra. She has performed in all of the major ‎concert halls of New York, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, ‎Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Jewish Museum, the Center for Jewish History, and the ‎Museum of Jewish Heritage. As a member of the Fiati Chamber Players, she was responsible ‎for commissioning over a hundred new compositions, and premiered them in concerts ‎throughout the US. She performed in recitals throughout North America under the sponsorship ‎of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.‎

A leading figure in Jewish music, Joyce is a sought-after accompanist, conductor, ‎master class presenter, lecturer, coach, arranger, and authority on Jewish art and synagogue ‎music. She has collaborated in concert with most of the cantors of this generation. She has been ‎featured at the International Jewish Music Festival (Amsterdam), the Jewish Cultural Festival ‎‎(Berlin), the Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto), the Chicago and Charlotte Yiddish Institutes, ‎Klezkamp, the North American Jewish Choral Festival, URJ Biennials, and at annual Cantorial ‎conventions for both the Conservative and Reform movements. Her recent concert tours have ‎taken her to Prague, Budapest, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Berlin, Amsterdam, Montreal, Halifax, ‎Aspen, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston, Houston, Washington D.C., Chicago, Miami, and New ‎Orleans. ‎

Ms. Rosenzweig is a dedicated educator of cantors and synagogue musicians, having ‎served for more than three decades on the faculty of Hebrew Union College - Debbie Friedman ‎School of Sacred Music in New York, where she holds the title of Artist-in-Residence. She has ‎been an adjunct professor and the Lippitz Mentor in the Sacred Arts at the Jewish Theological ‎Seminary since 2004. She teaches courses in Yiddish, Israeli, and Sephardic song repertoire, ‎modal harmony, and is the conductor of the HUC Chorus. She has served as Music Director of ‎Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in Manhattan since 1994, where has created one of the most ‎dynamic and emulated Shabbat and High Holiday worship experiences today. ‎

Joyce can be heard as pianist on the following CD’s:  A Leyter tsum Himl (A Ladder to ‎Heaven) with Cantor Robert Abelson, Chalamti Chalom (I Dreamt a Dream) and Hegyon Libi ‎with Cantor David Berger, Eybike Lider (Eternal Songs) with mezzo-soprano Caroline Chanin, ‎B’chol L’vav’cha (With all Your Heart), and Dreaming in Yiddish with vocalist Adrienne ‎Cooper z”l.‎

Watch a video about Joyce and CBST's Music Program!