Choirs in Israel
Bat-Kol Girls Choir
The choir of the Israel
Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv was founded in 1984 by Anat Morahg
who is Musical Director and Conductor. The choir of 35 members is
divided into three sections; 7-10 years, preliminary: 10-13 years,
preparatory: 13-18 years, representative. Choirs meet twice weekly
for various training activities. Bat-Kol has performed in local and
international festivals, opera and theatre productions, television
and public events.
Emek Hefer Choir
A mixed-voice choir of around fifty members. Musical Director and
Conductor, Shimon Levtov. Founded in 1965 by Henry Klausner, the
choir’s extensive repertoire includes baroque, classical, 20th
century works, numerous Israeli folk songs and Jewish melodies. The
choir meets for rehearsal every Sunday evening at Beit Yitzhak.
Kibbutz Choir The choir
comprises around fifty members from kibbutzim around the country. It
was founded in 1955 by Israeli composer Yehuda Sharett. They meet
weekly in Tel Aviv for rehearsals and specialize in Israeli and
Jewish music. They have recorded Israeli compositions. The choir has
sung in numerous Festivals, have toured throughout Europe, America,
Australia and New Zealand. Conductor is Ronen Borshevsky.
Jerusalem A Cappella Singers is
a mixed choir with a membership of 28 singers. With a fine level of
musicianship and vocal training, the ensemble performs repertoire
that is challenging and varied. They perform regularly in the main
vocal festival of Israel, the Abu Gosh vocal festival, under the
baton of Judi Axelrod and the festival has recorded and released two
live performances as the festival compact disc.
Jerusalem Cantors Choir
- The Jerusalem cantors choir was established in 1972 by a select
group of students of the lat Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Rivlin of Blessed
Memory. The choir has set itself a two fold goal. It wishes both to
preserve and modernise the music of our ancient prayers and songs.
The choir's repertoire includes cantorial, liturgical, Yiddish,
Chassidic and Israeli works
Jerusalem Oratorio Choir
- The Jerusalem Oratorio
Choir, founded in 1987, consists of about 150 members. Choir members
work in smaller groups and periodically assemble to form a large
choral body for orchestral projects.
The choir of forty members are all amateur singers from many
professions and meet weekly for rehearsal. Musical Director and
Conductor is Moshe Rasiuk. The choir sings both a capella and with
accompaniment from Renaissance to Romantic works. They have toured
overseas and perform regularly in Israel.
Kibbutz Artzi Choir.
One of Israel’s leading choirs with more than fifty members. Founded
in 1958, they have an extensive repertoire and perform throughout
the country, also touring to Europe and America since 1958. The
choir has performed under the baton of such great conductors as
Zubin Mehta and James Levine. They meet weekly to rehearse and at
week-end gatherings from time to time. Musical Director and
Conductor is Yuval Ben-Ozer.
Kfar Shmaryahu Choir has been in existence in its present form since
the spring of 1991. The Choir has 40 members, all amateurs, who in
their everyday lives come from many of the free professions.
Although music is not always their principal occupation, they see
their singing not only as a means of spending some of their leisure
time together, but rather as a cultural objective as well. The repertoire includes A-capella works from
the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Classical and Romantic period
works are accompanied on piano. The choir also performs Israeli
compositions and songs, which are especially arranged for it.
Megido Choir. A
mixed choir of around thirty members located in the Megido Region.
Founded in 1995 by Musical Director and Conductor Pnina Inbar, the
choir has an extensive repertoire of both secular and religious
works ranging from classical to contemporary items. The choir has
toured in Europe and performs regularly throughout Israel.Email
Moran Choir. A
leading girls’ choral institution in Israel, the choir comprises
four sections from pre-school age to seniors, mostly students at
music academies. The choir’s home is at Beit Yitzhak Moshav. Founded
in 1986 by current Musical Director and Conductor Naomi Faran, they
have performed with leading orchestras in Israel and toured to USA,
Canada, Germany and Japan. The choir has made several recordings.
Na'ama Women's Choir
- The Na'ama Women's Choir was
founded by it's conductor Mrs. Pnina Inbar. The Choir presently
consists of 27 singers and a pianist. The choir received
international recognition after winning the
Gold Diploma at the
International Mendelssohn competition in Germany (1996), and
first prize at Shirat
Hayamim International Choir competition in Israel that same year.
Na'ama Choir won third prize
at the "Arezzo Competition"; in August 2000. In 2002 Na'ama won a
Second Prize at Beijing International Choir Festival, during
China-Mongolia Concert Tour. Repertoire of the choir includes a
broad scope of both classical and ethnic music reaching from Brahms,
Schubert, Faure, Mendelssohn, Schumann, to Israeli composers such as
Tzvi Avni, Dov Carmel, Sara Shoham & Andre Hajdu.
New Israeli Vocal Ensemble.
A group of fourteen professional singers under the leadership of
Founder and Musical Director Yuval Ben-Ozer. A highly-acclaimed
ensemble, they have performed in concerts and festivals in Israel,
the Far East and Europe. On occasions the Ensemble is augmented with
additional singers for major orchestral works. email:
Ramat-Gan Chamber Choir.
Founded in 1993 the choir is
operated and supported by the Culture and Arts Authority of the City
of Ramat-Gan, Israel. Many of the singers in the choir are music and
music education professionals, and several are soloists in their own
right, who have performed and continue to perform in a variety of
- Founded in 1994 by Gila Brill, Shahar Choir is a mixed voice
classical choir of young people (18-35). In recent years the choir
has specialized in Baroque as well as modern music They rehearse
every Saturday evening in Rehovot at the Weizmann Institute.
Tel Aviv Chamber Choir.
Founded by Musical Director Michael Shani in 1987, the mixed choir
of around forty voices has built a fine reputation, both in Israel
and abroad. The extensive range of secular and liturgical comprises
the main part of the repertoire. Has performed with several
international orchestras and conductors.
Upper Galilee Choir.
Membership of over forty five singers who hail from the Upper
Galilee and the Golan Heights, the mixed choir has been in existence
since 1978. Musical Director and Conductor since 1985 is Ron Zarchi.
The choir has performed with distinction throughout Israel and
abroad. Extensive repertoire of modern and classical works. Email:
Founded in 1982 and
currently under the baton of distinguished Musical Director Shimon
Levtov. Forty five members, mostly residents of local kibbutzim and
moshavim, meet weekly to rehearse. Extensive repertoire of modern
and classical works, the choir performs throughout Israel and has
toured abroad in Europe. Email