Choir

TEMPLE ISRAEL CONGREGATIONAL CHOIR 

We encourage everyone who finds Jewish music inspiring and loves to sing to join this group. In addition to singing choir is a fun way of expanding Hebrew vocabulary and making new friends.

Our Congregational Choir was created in October 2007. Since its formation, the Choir had lead Shabbat Services in song once a month and participated in special services. Their musical contribution brings joy and energy to our worship and is always appreciated.

The Choir is led by Cantor Galina Makaveyev.  Music presented by the group has a variety of Jewish traditional, liturgical and popular compositions. During this time our dedicated and talented singers learned a great number of melodies of Ashkenazi and Sephardic origins, old and modern tunes. We meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month and rehearse for one hour at 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.. If you are interested in joining the choir please contact Cantor Galina Makaveyev.

Dr. Matthew Lewis, our Organist, maintains an active career as organist, choral conductor and educator. As Organist and Director of Music at the Church of the Incarnation in Manhattan, he directs a select group of professional singers in a wide variety of liturgical choral music. Dr. Lewis has served as Organist and Choir Director at Temple Israel since 1993. In his capacity as Artistic Director and Conductor of St. George’s Choral Society since 2005, he directs the 80-voice chorus in major works of the repertoire. He studied choral conducting privately with Robert Page. Dr. Lewis has been a member of the Organ Faculty of the Juilliard School Pre-College division since 1993, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College since 2006. His students range in age from teenagers to graduate students. He has presented solo organ recitals in the United States, Canada and France, has been a featured artist on WNYC, New York, and has performed the complete organ works of César Franck several times, including at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. At The Juilliard School, Matthew Lewis completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a student of Jon Gillock. While earning the Master of Music degree, also at Juilliard, he was the winner of the organ competition, resulting in a performance of Barber’s Toccata Festiva with the Juilliard Symphony in Alice Tully Hall. Dr. Lewis is the former recipient of a Fulbright Grant and the Annette Kade Fellowship from the Council of International Education for study in Paris where he was a student of organ-virtuoso Marie-Madeleine Duruflé.