Judaism has a rich heritage of sacred and secular music. The traditional chants of Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews; sacred compositions by Bloch, Weiner, and Richards; contemporary music by Mark Bloom, Steve Dropkin, Dan Nichols, and Josh Nelson are all part of our musical culture. The sounds of Eastern Europe – the Klezmer tradition – add spice to our musical tzimmes (potpourri). Anyone with musical interests is invited to participate in one of our musical ensembles.
Chai Notes is a choir for kids in the First through Fourth Grades. Music is a great way to learn about prayer. Kids can learn the prayers and melodies we use for worship at IHC in this group. There are no auditions, just a willingness to come to rehearsals (during Religious School) and lead worship on Sunday mornings and at Family Night services.
Congregational Choir is open to any singer from the Eighth Grade on up. In addition to singing during the High Holy Days, our choir adds its collective voice to Shabbat services and presents special programs in the community. Reading Hebrew and/or music are not requirements; enjoyment of singing is! Rehearsals are on Mondays and Thursdays prior to Rosh Hashanah and on Wednesdays after Yom Kippur.
65th Street Klezmorim Do you play the violin, clarinet, sax, flute or other melody instrument? You could be part of our house band, the 65th Street Klezmorim under the direction of Andrew Lyon. The ensemble has played with members of the Indianapolis Symphony, at the Greater Chicago Jewish Folk Festival, Broad Ripple Arts Fair, Spirit and Place Festival, Fountain Square Arts Festival and for holiday and Shabbat celebrations at IHC. Rehearsals take place on Sundays, when Religious School meets, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Click here to visit the Klezmer Facebook Page!
You can be part of the musical life at IHC. For more information or to sign up, contact Cantor Janice Roger at 255-6647, ext. 208 or by email, [email protected]. In addition, members who play instruments are invited to share their talents at Shabbat worship. To discuss this opportunity or for more information about any of our musical ensembles, please contact Cantor Roger. The direct link to Cantor Roger's blog click here.