Ruth HaCohen (Pinczower)
Israeli. Musicologist. Studied Musicology and Jewish Thought at Hebrew University, 1976-1991 Doctor of Philosophy, 1992 summa cum laude; Master of Arts 1985 summa cum laude Bachelor of Arts, 1980 (major also in Jewish Philosophy). Hebrew University, lecturer 1992-2000. Senior Lecturer 2000- to the present. Member of the Board of the Israeli Musicological Society 1992-4. Visiting Scholar, St. John s College, Oxford 1996-7. Chair of the Department of Musicology, the Hebrew University 2001-2004 Her published books include: Tuning the Mind: Connecting Aesthetic Theory to Cognitive Science, New Brunswick: NJ: Transaction 2002 (with Ruth Katz); The Arts in Mind: Pioneering Texts of a Coterie of British Men of Letters, New Brunswick: NJ: Transaction 2002 (with Ruth Katz); Arnold Schönbergs Kol Nidre: Versuch einer Begriffsbestimmung jüdischer Ästhetik in der Moderne, Schriftenreihe Ha'Atelier Collegium Berlin Heft 5:2002. "The Music of Sympathy in the Arts of the Baroque; or, the Use of Difference to Overcome Indifference," Poetics Today 22.3 (2001) 607-650. She is currently a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Since 2001 she is co-chairperson of Ha'Atelier Collegium in Berlin.

Sarit Hadad
Israeli popular singer. b. Hadera September 20,1978. nee Sara Hodedtov to a family of musically talented brothers and sisters. Originally she played classical piano by ear without knowing how to read music. During her early teens, she cultivated learning several instruments, including organ, drums, guitar, darbuka and accordian. She entered the Hadera Youth band in high school, and through that met her current agent, who convinced her parents to cultivate her talents in music. Since 1995 she has made 10 albums, many of which have hit "platinum" sales in Israel and beyond. Her singing of "Light a candle", written by Yoav Ginai and Svika Pick was chosen to represent Israel to the Eurovision contest in 2002. Her album "Ashlayot Metukot" was a triple platinum winner, and "Like Cinderella" reached quadruple platinum sales. She was also nominated and won "Best Female Artist of the Year" and Tammuz Award in 1999. She as also appeared on Israeli television. Sarit contributes time and tzedakah for children. She also made an album in Jordan, and has a CD Sarit Hadad Sings Arabic . Her website has a photo gallery, sound clips, discography, and brief bio.

Beth Hamon
American. Singer, songwriter, educator. mechanic. Born, Brooklyn, New York. Grew up Portland, Oregon. Graduate of Portland State University. Plays guitar, recorder, trumpet. Formerly worked as a music specialist for children in the Portland area, now her primary occupation is as a bicycle mechanic and bicycle transportation advocate/activist in Portland, Oregon. Continues to serve a local congregation as a music-leader. Her CD "City of Love" was released in 2003 and can be purchased at www.cdbaby.com .

Miriam Hartman
American-born violist. Studied with Max Aronoff in Philadelphia. Graduated Yale University, (B.A.),studying with Raphael Hillyer; Juilliard (M.M.), with Paul Doktor. Emmigrated to Israel, 1983. Appeared as soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra which she joined in 1984. Chamber music performer. Participates in "Mafteach," a Tel Aviv educational program. Performs internationally, including chamber music festivals such as the Marlboro Festival.

Devorah Hasofer
Australian. Singer/songwriter. Performs in Australia and Israel. Devorah made aliyah to Israel with her husband and children in the summer of 1998. Four albums, with a synthesis of modern styles blended with a Chassidic feel. She sings her original compositions. She explore lots of issues, religious and other values in a personal kind of way. She performs for all age groups and backgrounds. Devorah's CD music, created for women and girls, is labeled simply, Devorah I, II, III and IV.

Ofra Haza
Ofra Haza webpage with Harmony Ridge Music. Site includes a catalog of her recordings, brief career biography and reviews.

Katarina Hellgren
Swedish-Jewish singer living in Uppsala, Sweden. Sings Jewish songs and klezmer in Yiddish, Hebrew, Hungarian Ladino and Swedish.

Robyn Helzner
Robyn Helzner performs Ladino, Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and English Jewish folk songs. She often tours as part of a trio.

Myra Hess
Born, February 25, 1890, near London where she died, November 25, 1965. Classical pianist. Educated at Royal Academy, graduating 1907. Appeared as soloist with Concertgebouw Orchestra as early as 1912, which started her intense career. During WWII, instituted concerts at London's National Gallery and other public service work, for which she was honored with title Dame.

Andrea Jill Higgins
American. Nee Andrea Jill Gersten. Pianist, composer, teacher, director. Born, Manhattan. Grew up in White Plains, NY. Graduated, B.A. in Composition from Mills College (1963), where she studied under the mentorship of Darius Milhaud; harmony and counterpoint with composer-performer, Morton Subotnick; and keyboard performance with Russian concert pianists Alexander Leibermann and Bernard Abramowitch. Jill was employed as a Faculty Associate at Lyric Opera Theatre in the Music Department at Arizona State University from 1969 to 1974, during which time she pursued graduate studies and earned a Master of Music Degree in Musical Theatre Direction. From 1975 to 1977, she was employed as a Visiting Faculty member in the Music Department at Scottsdale Community College where she taught a variety of music courses, and directed several musicals. In 1977, Jill became the Director of Music for Temple Solel synagogue in Paradise Valley, Arizona, where she continues her duties as director of the temple's adult and junior choirs, producer of the Temple's music program, and arranger and composer of sacred music. Jill has been both a composer and publisher member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for many years, and numerous of her works have been published and are performed in many venues in the U.S., Canada and Israel. She also serves on the URJ Commission on Worship, Music and Religious Living, and is a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians's Executive Board. Some of her music can be seen, and snippets heard, at Transcontinental Publishing's website. Andrea Higgins may be contacted directly at Andrea Higgins

Nurit Hirsch
Israeli composer of popular songs. Nurit Hirsch wrote such tunes as "Oseh Shalom" and "Bashanah Haba'ah" which are so popular that they have become accepted almost as "folk". She's written nearly a thousand songs. Choral arrangements of her songs at: http://www.zamir.org/composers/HirschNurit.html

Linda Hirshhorn
Vocalist, Cantor and composer. Founder and director of jazz a cappella ensemble "Vocolot" , a California Arts Council Touring Artist group. Active primarily in the Western United States. Her discography includes "Marcia Falks Blessings in Song" with Fran Avni,"Heart Beat" (2002), "Behold" (1997), "Roots and Wings" (1992), "Gather Round" (also songbook)(1989), "Skies Ablaze", and "More than Luck and a Prayer". Works at the Conservative congregation Temple Beth Shalom, San Leandro, CA as a cantor since 1988. Directed first Jewish Women's International Chorus in Kiev (1994). Hirshhorn has also written songs that became part of a UAHC social justice recording, including "Circle Chant" and "Homeless Blues".
Linda Hirshhorn webpage

Natasha (Jitomirskaia) Hirschhorn
Cantor Natash Hirschhorn"Cantor Natasha (Jitomirskaia) Hirschhorn first became interested in Jewish music during her studies at the Gnesin Music College in Moscow. After graduating from college with Honors Diploma in musicology, piano and composition, she continued her education at the Kiev State Conservatory. Deepening her involvement in Judaism, Natasha also collaborated with the Kiev Jewish Youth Musical Theater as pianist, singer, and, later, its music director. The success of their four-women-show performances throughout Ukraine was embittered by the hostility both from the anti-Semitic Ukrainian authorities and the ultra-Orthodox rabbis. In 1992 Natasha's quest for a more comprehensive Jewish education has brought her to Washington, D.C., where for three years she studied privately with cantors and rabbis from the area, including Cantors Sue Roemer and Sharon Steinberg. In May 1999 Natasha has completed her studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion, the only non-denominational Rabbinic and Cantorial Seminary, and was ordained as Hazzan and Teacher in Israel. After working as Cantor of the Metropolitan Synagogue of New York and Temple Judea in Massapequa, Long Island she is serving the congregation of Park Slope Jewish Center. Cantor Hirschhorn has received critical acclaim as an extraordinary composer, arranger, vocalist and pianist. Her first solo album of original music "They Call Me", 9 meditations on Hebrew prayers has been released in June 2003. Natasha has also collaborated with Hazzan Dr. Ramon Tasat in recording of five CD's: "Z'mirot and Piyutim" (1995), "Judeo-Spanish Art Songs" (1997), "Cantata Ebraica" (2000), "Libavtini" and "Your Bountiful Light" (2001). The latter features Natasha's and Ramon's arrangements of liturgical melodies by Norma Brooks based on the texts from the Siddur "Kol Haneshama". Natasha continues to maintain her connection with the Russian Jewish communities in New York and Maryland as performer, lecturer and cantor. She has collaborated with the theater company "Tova" as a composer and performer for a production dedicated to the life stories of the Jewish immigrants from the Former Soviet Union performed at the Gratz College in Philadelphia as well as various congregations in New Jersey. Natasha is a Vice-President of Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music which seeks to foster new music for Jewish congregational use and expose wider audiences to innovations in Jewish religious music. Natasha is a member of the Long Island Composers Alliance since 1997, and the author of many liturgical and secular compositions. Her "Oseh Shalom" was published by the Transcontinental Music Publications. Natasha's music was performed most recently at the 2001 Berkley Jewish Music Festival, 18th - 20th Women Cantors Network Conferences and the 11th and 12th North American Jewish Choral Festivals. Following her life-long commitment to the choral music as singer, accompanist and conductor, Cantor Hirschhorn has served on the staff of the Festival for the past five years. Since December 2000 she is conducting the Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus and teaching at the Academy for Jewish Religion. Natasha lives on the Upper West Side with her husband Rabbi Simon Hirschhorn and their daughter Miriam Esther." This biography comes from the website of Natasha Hirschhorn.

Anita Hochman
American cantor. Guitarist. Based in M'Kor Shalom Synagogue in Cherry Hill, NJ. Grew up in Levittown, PA. B.S. in Music Education. Cantorial training at Gratz College.

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