HaZamir high school choir to hold auditions in Providence


HaZamir: the International Jewish High School Choir – HaZamir Providence, conducted by Cantor Brian Mayer, will hold an open house and auditions (no preparation necessary) on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 11:30 a.m. for teens interested in joining for the 2016-2017 season. Parents are welcome to accompany their teens to the Open House, at Temple Emanu-El, to learn more about the group.

HaZamir is a musical youth movement that provides a unique opportunity for Jewish teens of all denominations and backgrounds to sing sophisticated Jewish choral music in a fun, social setting.  The Providence chapter is part of a network of 35 HaZamir chapters throughout the U.S. and Israel.  Individual chapters meet weekly to learn a common repertoire, then gather together to polish and perform that repertoire at regional, national and international events, culminating in a gala concert with more than 400 singers from America and Israel. The next gala concert will be held at Avery Fisher Hall, in New York City, on March 26, 2017.

Jill Bromberg, a parent of a local HaZamirnik, reflected on this past year:

“My son, Jake Bromberg, and niece, Annette Milburn, are members of the Providence chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir.  The choir of 22 teens from around the Jewish community rehearsed each Sunday at Temple Emanu-El.

“In January, Temple Israel, in Natick, Massachusetts, hosted 225 HaZamir singers for HaZamir’s Annual East Coast Winter Intervisitation, a major stepping stone in preparing the high school singers for HaZamir’s Gala Concert, this year held at Carnegie Hall.

“In late March, the singers, their conductors, and chaperones gathered in a hotel in the Catskill Mountains, in New York, for HaZamir’s four-day festival. Over 400 singers from 26 U.S. and six Israeli chapters engaged in intensive rehearsals, social bonding, and a spirited pluralistic Shabbat experience.

“On the last day of the festival, the HaZamirniks left the Catskills and headed to New York City. 

“At Carnegie Hall, the choir dazzled us with a wide range of Jewish music from different periods and styles and sang to an audience of 2,700 people united by this celebration of Jewish peoplehood and culture.  It was stunningly beautiful and meaningful.” 

For more information about participating in or supporting HaZamir, contact Cantor Brian Mayer of Temple Emanu-El,  Providence, at bjmayer@teprov.org and/or visit the Zamir Choral Foundation at www.zamirchoralfoundation.org.

 – Submitted by

HaZamir of Providence