The Helfman Institute

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Cantor Phil Baron

Cantor Baron conceived of establishing the Max Helfman Institute for Jewish Music. In addition to composing music, he teaches children and is the cantor at Valley Beth Shalom.

Karmit Bar-Lev

Karmit Bar-Lev has composed music for theater and Jewish choirs. She currently teaches music at the Sinai Akiba Academy in Westwood.

Steven Bernstein

Classically trained, Emmy award-winning composer Steven Bernstein is equally at home on the concert stage or the recording studio. See website for info.

Julie Bernstein

Julie's classically trained, has won 4 Emmys, & has extensive experience in animation as composer, orchestrater, arranger, singer and more.

Miriam Cutler

Composer Miriam Cutler has an extensive background in scoring for independent film and TV projects, as well as two circuses.

Paul Dorman

Singing and music have always been a way for me to express who and what I am and the best part of it, is that it’s so much fun.

Coreen Duffy

Coreen Duffy is a composer-conductor whose publication credits include Jewish choral compositions and have been performed across the US.

Sharon Farber

Sharon Farber is a composer of Concert, Film and Chorale music, bringing influences from her Middle Eastern heritage as well as extensive knowledge of Classical and Western music.

Bernardo Feldman

Feldman is a Mexican composer noted for his innovative timbral experimentations. He directs the music department at College of the Canyons.

Joshua Fishbein

An accomplished singer and pianist, Joshua Fishbein (b. 1984) composes both vocal and instrumental music. Fishbein is a PhD student at UCLA.

Richard Friedman

Richard Friedman is a film and television composer working in Los Angeles.

Aaron Fruchtman

Aaron is a composer of concert, film and Jewish liturgical music. Visit his website for more information and to hear his work.

James Fuchs

James is a pianist/guitarist, composer, arranger and producer. Please visit his website for further info.

Michael Gill

ProgRock Records recording artist Michael Gill lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a composer, pianist, producer, & band-leader.

Cantor Rita Glassman

Rita is an ordained freelance Cantor, composer and recording artist. Her work can be found in several publications of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Chris Hardin

Chris is a composer, orchestrater, arranger, conductor and jazz pianist. Please go to his web site for a full bio.

David Kates

The former Executive Director of JMCLA, David has been active in both Jewish and secular music for years.

Cantor Rebekah Mirsky

Rebekah is an interpreter of Jewish Liturgy and an active composer.

Michael Mogley

Michael is a classically-inspired composer. He strives to write engaging original melodies, while staying true to the feeling and meaning of the lyrics.

Jamie Papish

A percussionist of many styles, Jamie has toured extensively and recorded with the Yuval Ron Ensemble & the Kronos Quartet to name a few.

Bob Remstein

Bob is a commissioned composer of Jewish music, and has written scores for video games and produced tracks for films and TV.

Sheldon Sands

Composer, pianist, world music artist and concert producer, Sheldon Sands' passion for music continues to guide his creative journey!

Michael Silversher

Grammy winner, 3X Emmy nominee, composer for PBS, Henson, Disney, Sundance, Kennedy Center,LA Opera, Mark Taper & SCR.

Mike Stein

From being an actor on Broadway to helping poor farmers in Africa become self-sufficient, Mike Stein has touched many lives.

Michelle Green Willner

Michelle Green Willner received her B.M. from the University of Toronto and her M.A. and D.M.A. degrees from Columbia University