HaZamir Philadelphia

Conductor: Dr. Marsha Edelman

Assistant Conductor: Steven Hoffman

Coordinator(s): Heather Stein

Contact Email: hazamirphiladelphia@gmail.com

Contact Phone: (347) 782-2746

Rehearsal Day: Sunday

Rehearsal Time: 1:15pm

Rehearsal Location:  Gratz College

Address: 7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park, PA 19026

Conductor Bio:

Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman earned degrees in general music, Jewish music and Jewish studies from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and has taught Jewish music to students of all ages for more than 40 years. In addition, she has been affiliated with the Zamir Choral Foundation in various musical and managerial capacities since 1971, and currently serves as Administrator of the Foundation. Dr. Edelman has been named Professor Emeritas of Music and Education by Gratz College, where she served on the faculty for some 25 years, and currently teaches as an adjunct faculty member at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Miller Cantorial School. She is also a much sought-after speaker on a wide range of topics relating to the nature and history of Jewish music, and has been acclaimed for both the breadth of her knowledge and for the popular appeal of her presentations to audiences across the United States and in Israel. Beyond her teaching and administrative work, Dr. Edelman has had an active career as a musician. In addition to her work with HaZamir Philadelphia (which she established in 1995), she is also director of LaShir, a Jewish community chorus based in Princeton, NJ and Conductor of Shirah: The Jewish Community Chorus of the JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ. She has produced and arranged the vocal and instrumental scores for several recordings, as well as several selections for HaZamir and other choral ensembles; her arrangement of Josh Nelson’s L’Dor VaDor has been published by Transcontinental Music. Dr. Edelman is also the author of numerous articles on Jewish music of a wide range of national and international publications, as well as program notes attendant to concert and recorded performances of Jewish music. Her book, Discovering Jewish Music was published by the Jewish Publication Society in June, 2003.