Hadar's Rising Song Institute
Hadar’s Rising Song Institute cultivates Jewish spiritual life through song. It is a meeting place and incubator for creative musicians and prayer leaders who hope to reinvent the future of music as a communal Jewish spiritual practice. Based in Philadelphia, we engage people throughout North America and around the world through communal singing, immersive study, and experimental music-making.
Led by internationally recognized musician, composer, and teacher Joey Weisenberg, the author of Building Singing Communities (2011) and the award-winning The Torah of Music (2017), the Rising Song Institute empowers its national fellows and local communal collaborators to deepen their connections with traditional Jewish melodies and ancient spiritual modalities while bringing their full creative selves to the process of composing new music for the Jewish community and beyond.
We host pop-up Rising Song Gatherings around Philadelphia, and we’ve launched the Rising Song Fellowship, which brings together established and emerging artists from around the United States, Canada, and Israel for four intensive, multi-day creative incubators. In September 2019, we’ll begin our first full-time study program, the Rising Song Jewish Music Residency. We also record and publish new Jewish music with the Hadar Ensemble and other special guests, and we contribute to the comprehensive musical study resources on Hadar’s Tefillah and Music database.