Shir Chadash early-bird registration open

The Union for Progressive Judaism is delighted to announce that it will host the third UPJ music conference - Shir Chadash (A New Song) - on 14-16 July 2017 and that, for the first time, it will be a full residential event.

The residential experience is one of full immersion, with no distractions from the outside world. Spend three days and two nights together making and learning Jewish music for Shabbat and the High Holy Days soon to follow, and enjoy a Shabbat filled with reflection, musical camaraderie and rest.

It is hoped that individuals throughout the UPJ region who actively participate in their congregational music programs will attend this conference to gain skills to share with their shuls, as well as individuals who may not necessarily take part in choirs, but who nonetheless love to sing Jewish music.

Shir Chadash will be held at the beautiful Geelong Conference Centre, just over an hour’s drive west of Melbourne. The focus will be to develop skills in multiple areas that can be applied on return to your home congregation. For the first time, this will include the skill of being a good congregational singer, with the opportunity to learn a range of widely used melodies for the High Holy Days. Those who wish to develop cantorial, song leading, choral, guitar and vocal skills will also find the program full of interest.

Many talented individuals in our region will be part of the Shir Chadash faculty, including TBI’s Cantor Michel Laloum and dynamic duo Max Jared Einsohn and Shannyn Gelbart, NSTE’s choir director Judy Campbell and ace vocal coach Andrea Catzel from Emanuel Synagogue.

A pre-conference option to develop service-leading skills will be led by Rabbi Fred Morgan on Thursday afternoon, 13 July, at the conference centre.

The UPJ is thrilled to announce that Marshall Voit (USA song leader extraordinaire, & founder of UPJ’s first music conference in 2013) will be our very special guest presenter. 

A detailed program will soon be available.

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