Since our congregation's beginning, Shir Ami has always placed a high level of importance on the music in our worship. After all, the Hebrew word for song (Shir) is in our name. Our Shabbat services feature a variety of musical styles -- from choral to congregational to klezmer. Over the years we have brought in guest musicians for special events, created our own unique musical Purim shows, highlighted cantorial soloists, featured a renowned cellist each year at our Kol Nidre service, encouraged our Confirmation students to make their own musical contributions at Shavuot services, and much more. Through the use of instruments and our voices, Shir Ami continues to be a place where music shines. If you would like to participate in any of our musical groups, please contact Cantor Elson.
Shir Ami Adult Choir
The Shir Ami Adult Choir begins preparation for the High Holy Days early in September. After Simchat Torah and for the rest of the year the choir meets regularly on Wednesday nights beginning at 7:30 PM and sings at Friday evening services approximately once a month. The music is varied and represents both traditional and modern Jewish choral styles. Over the years our choir has participated in a number of community events and concerts. While all Shir Ami members are welcome in the choir, the ability to learn a melody quickly and to carry a tune is necessary. If you would be interested to join our choir, email or call Cantor Elson.
SHIR KLEZ! is our Shir Ami band made up of very talented instrumentalists from our congregation. Woodwind, brass or violin players are very welcome to audition for the band. The group is currently made up of adults, but serious, talented and reliable teenage musicians may join as well. SHIR KLEZ! plays arrangements of our prayer melodies and has a growing repertoire of Klezmer tunes. The band provides all the music for our Kabbalat Shabbat services, which begin at 7:30 PM on the third Friday of each month, and has played at community events, special music programs and simchot. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings once a month, and for an hour before the Kabbalat Shabbat service. If being part of our band interests you, email or call Cantor Elson.