HaZamir Chicago

Conductor: Shawna Rosen and Marla Aviva Bentley

Contact Email: HaZamirchicago@gmail.com

Contact Phone: 734-476-3187

Rehearsal Day: Sunday

Rehearsal Time: 1:30pm

Rehearsal Location: CJE Weinberg Center

Address: 1551 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL 60015


Conductor Bios:

HaZamir Chicago Co-Conductor and Cantorial Soloist Shawna Rosen has been involved in the Jewish music world since childhood, growing up and singing in the choir at Congregation Solel in Highland Park, Illinois.  After receiving her masters degree in music education and choral conducting from the University of Illinois, Shawna soon became Solel’s choir director and b’nai mitzvah tutor in 1996, where she remained until 2004.  She went on to conduct the choirs and tutor at Beth Emet in Evanston, Temple Beth El in Northbrook, and BJBE in Deerfield, Illinois. Along the way, Shawna would occasionally substitute for the Cantors at those synagogues, and she fell in love with new ways of helping people connect to and engage with Judaism through music.  Now beginning her second year as Cantorial Soloist at Temple Judea Mizpah in Skokie, IL, Shawna’s responsibilities include planning and co-leading worship with Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler, coordinating their b’nai mitzvah program, and conducting the adult choir.  Shawna also is a public school elementary music teacher in Northfield, IL,  where she has been for 13 years. Shawna is thrilled to help grow HaZamir in Chicago and looks forward to helping area teens connect with Judaism and Israel through music.  Shawna is a proud member of the Guild of Temple Musicians, the Women Cantors’ Network, The American Choral Directors' Association and the National Association for Music Education. She and her husband Ira live in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, with their five children.

Marla Aviva Bentley is a passionate Educator, Conductor and Voice Teacher, and is deeply committed to fostering a sense of Jewish identity through music. Since 2011 Marla Aviva Bentley has served as Director of Music and Cantorial Soloist of Temple Beth Israel in Skokie, Illinois.  Bentley is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the Guild of Temple Musicians (GTM), the Women Cantors’ Network, the Chicago Cantors Hub and is a Lifetime Member of Hadassah.  Bentley serves on the Executive Board of the Guild of Temple Musicians as Vice President of Membership and is a Co-Chair of the 2018 ACC-GTM National Convention in Dallas.  She has previously served the GTM as VP Communications and Publicity, and VP Website Editor and Administrator, and was Co-Chair of the 2013 ACC-GTM National Convention in Minneapolis. She has recorded nearly 30 Operettas with the Comic Opera Guild for the National Library of Congress Archives Collection.  Marla Aviva Bentley has earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Music Education with Honors, from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy from Oakland University. She and her husband, Newell, reside in Deerfield, with their two children, Hannah Jane and Jaret Evan.