Shabbat Shira, 5781 January 30, 2021 Cantor Richard Cohn, Director of the Cantorial School of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Shirat HaYam: Song of Liberation and Joy Exploring the “Song
Shabbat Shira, 5781
January 30, 2021
Cantor Richard Cohn, Director of the Cantorial School of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Shirat HaYam: Song of Liberation and Joy
Exploring the “Song at the Sea” in Melody and Meaning
Cantor Richard Cohn became Director of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in July of 2015, following thirty-four years of service to Reform communities: Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas, North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, Illinois, and Oak Park Temple–B’nai Abraham Zion, also in suburban Chicago. He has been vibrantly involved in worship transformation, and he has had an innovative impact on Jewish choral music as a conductor, arranger, and composer.
Cantor Cohn has often been featured as the soloist in Ernest Bloch’s Avodath Hakodesh (“Sacred Service”), including performances in Israel with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, at Chicago’s Grant Park Concerts and at the Berkshire Choral Institute. He has been a frequent principal conductor at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, and he has conducted HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir, in concert at Lincoln Center.
From 2001 to 2007, Cantor Cohn was president of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), the professional organization of the Reform cantorate. He has appeared as a soloist and conductor in Jewish music programming throughout the United States and abroad, including the concert to celebrate the opening of the cantorial program at the Abraham Geiger College in Berlin, and a special concert presented by the ACC in Rome under the auspices of the Vatican.
Cantor Cohn is a faculty member of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), which seeks to cultivate practices of contemplative Judaism as portals to spiritual growth. He was also a participant in the IJS Prayer Project Working Group, and he has taken a particular interest in the integration of spiritual practice with areas of prayer, music and education.
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