Bio of Joyce Rosenzweig

JOYCE ROSENZWEIG studied piano performance at Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and Indiana University, choral conducting at Westminster Choir College, Yiddish at Oxford University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and art song and chamber music at the Banff Centre of the Arts (Canada), the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival (Texas), and the Franz Schubert Institute (Vienna), where she was awarded first prize in lieder accompaniment. She has collaborated in chamber music recitals with ensembles from the New York Philharmonic and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and appeared as piano soloist with the New Orleans Philharmonic and Texas Festival Orchestra under the baton of Leon Fleisher.

A leading figure in Jewish music, Joyce is a sought-after collaborative pianist, conductor, master class presenter, arranger, lecturer, coach, and authority on Jewish art and synagogue music. She has collaborated in concert with most of the great cantors of this generation, and is widely recognized for her eclectic, creative concert programming. She has been featured at the International Jewish Music Festival (Amsterdam), the Jewish Cultural Festival (Berlin), the Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto), the Chicago and Charlotte Yiddish Institutes, Klezkamp, and at cantorial conventions for both the Conservative and Reform movements. She has been a featured conductor at the URJ Biennial and at the North American Jewish Choral Festival. Her recent concert tours have taken her to Prague, Budapest, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Berlin, Aspen, Halifax, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Ms. Rosenzweig is a renowned educator of cantors and synagogue musicians, having served as Artist-in-Residence at the Hebrew Union College Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in New York for three decades. She is the conductor of the DFSSM choir, pianist and coach for services and recitals, and teaches courses in Yiddish, Sephardic, and Israeli song, Harmonizing the Modes, etc. She has also been a member of the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary since 2004, where she teaches courses in Jewish art song and contemporary synagogue music, and prepares and plays the student recitals. Joyce has served as Music Director of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in Manhattan since 1994, where she has built a vibrant, groundbreaking musical community, including a forty-five member choir that has performed to wide acclaim.

Joyce can be heard on the following CD’s: A Leyter tsum Himl (A Ladder to Heaven) with Cantor Robert Abelson, Chalamti Chalom (I Dreamt a Dream) with Cantor David Berger, Eybike Lider (Eternal Songs) with mezzo-soprano Caroline Chanin, B’chol L’vav’cha and Return Again with the CBST Chorus, and Dreaming in Yiddish with vocalist Adrienne Cooper z”l.