Classes & Events
Rising Song Intensive

Singing Communities Intensive December 22-25, 2019

December 22-25, 2019

 

About

Led by Hadar’s Rising Song Institute Co-Directors Joey Weisenberg and Rabbi Yosef Goldman, the Rising Song Intensive offers the chance to experience the depth of Jewish music by studying traditional melodies and sounds and participating in the creative process of bringing new music into being.

  • Enter a community of ba’alei tefilah, cantors, community organizers, lay leaders, musicians, rabbis, singers, and students in an ongoing exploration of communal musical dynamics
  • Unearth the spiritual underpinnings of song and study the complex intersection between individual and communal voices.
  • Explore with renowned musicians diverse voices within the global Jewish musical heritage.

Hadar’s Rising Song Institute aims to cultivate the grassroots musical-spiritual creativity of the Jewish people. The Rising Song Intensive is one of many projects aimed at furthering this vision. Read more about our Rising Song Institute and our recently launched Rising Song Residency.

 

Faculty

Joey Weisenberg - Musician, composer, and teacher Joey Weisenberg is the founder and co-director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, which aims to cultivate the grassroots musical-spiritual creativity of the Jewish people. He is the author of The Torah of Music (2017 winner of the National Jewish Book Award) and Building Singing Communities. His seventh album with the Hadar Ensemble, Songs of Ascent, will be released by the Rising Song Institute in fall 2019.

Yosef Goldman - Rabbi Yosef Goldman is co-director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute. Raised in a mixed Orthodox Ashkenazi and Mizrachi home, Yosef has taught and led prayer in communities of every Jewish movement. Most recently he served as Rabbi and Director of Sacred Music at Temple Beth Zion–Beth Israel in Philadelphia. Yosef is also a composer and collaborative musician who is a featured vocalist in the Hadar Ensemble and a founding member of the Epichorus. His first album of original music, Open My Heart, will be released by the Rising Song Institute in fall 2019.

Deborah Sacks Mintz - Deborah Sacks Mintz is the Community Singing Consultant of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, serving as a resource to communities across North America and beyond who seek to deepen their practice of empowered song and connective prayer. A ba'al tefila and educator, Deborah has served innovative institutions around the country, including Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, the Brandeis Collegiate Institute in Los Angeles, and B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan. In addition to composing new Jewish music, Deborah can be found regularly performing and recording with a wide range of musicians, including as a featured vocalist and harmony singer in the Hadar Ensemble. Deborah is pursuing rabbinic ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Stay tuned for more information on this year’s guest faculty.

2019 Tracks

Multi-Day Learning Tracks

During the Intensive, we host learning tracks that meet multiple times during the week with expert musicians and educators to focus on a particular angle of individual and/or communal song creation. Stay tuned for this year’s tracks!

Fee

The cost for this program is $600 and $300 for students. Tuition includes access to the full range of musical programming, daily breakfast and lunch, and a free ticket to the Hadar Ensemble’s annual Winter concert immediately following the Intensive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it for me?

If you have a passion for Jewish communal music: yes! If you’ve come before, yes! Come again to learn new music and to review your favorite tunes and melodies!

When is it?

Sunday afternoon-Wednesday evening, December 22-25, 2019.

Where is it?

On the Upper West Side of New York. Exact location to be announced.

How much does it cost and what’s included?

The cost for this program is $600 and $300 for students. Tuition includes access to the full range of musical programming, daily breakfast and lunch, and a free ticket to the Hadar Ensemble’s annual Winter concert immediately following the Intensive.

What is your cancellation policy?

Before December 1, 75% refunds are available. Between December 1 and December 15, 50% refunds are available. After December 15, we are sorry but we cannot refund payments as we have already made down payments for the program that assumed your participation. Please note that refunds may take up to two weeks to process. We appreciate your patience.

How are the days structured?

The Intensive is broken up into large single-group sessions, smaller electives where participants choose which session they would like to attend, and multi-day learning tracks where participants choose to dive deeper into a particular angle of Jewish individual and/or communal music.

Is there evening programming?

The intensive will include programming on Sunday and Wednesday evening. There will be optional musical programming on Monday and Tuesday evening. You are welcome to join us for one or both of those sessions.

Is there a cap on attendance?

Due to increased demand, we are placing a cap on the number of participants for this program.

I have more questions. Who should I ask?

Write to us at [email protected].

2018 Schedule

See last year’s schedule below for a taste of the type of sessions we run!

Testimonials

See what past participants have to say about the Rising Song Intensive!

  • “This program was an exceptional spiritual experience that gave me new ways of looking at Judaism and so many ideas for leading and improving my community.”
  • “I felt immersed in new ways of singing that can be used for both new music and traditional music. The quality of musicianship in the faculty was tremendous. The variety of styles from contemporary to Moroccan to Bagdadi was a spectacular surprise to me and well worth making the trip.”
  • “I had never sang with this amount of Jews nor had I ever sang with other Jews so beautifully and for so long.”
  • “The nigun singing in every session was incredible and gave me a totally new way of thinking about Jewish music both intellectually and spiritually. These sessions sparked endless questions and discussions that helped me and my peers to grow and understand our own and each other’s Judaism.”

Registration

Registration will go live on Tuesday, September 10th at 12 Noon.

 

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