Sing for Joy in Times of Trouble workshop and concert

Linda Hirschhorn. Photo provided.

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is pleased to present nationally renowned recording artist, performer, teacher, composer, and Cantor, Linda Hirschhorn. She will be in residence for a week from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, 2018, facilitating a program of three singing workshops and rehearsals open to people of all ages, faiths, musical backgrounds, and levels. These will be followed by a Friday night service and a Saturday evening concert open to the public, both with a choir comprised of participants from the workshop. All workshops will take place at the BAJC, 151 Greenleaf St., Brattleboro, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. supplied by BAJC and workshops from 6:15-9:15 p.m. Oct. 30, 31, and Nov. 1. There is a cost for all the workshops. Financial assistance is available. Contact Cantor Kate at for details and also to receive sheet music if you wish to prepare in advance or for a pre-workshop run through. To register for Cantor Hirschhorn’s workshops, please contact Susan Auslander at or call 802-257-1959.

Following the three days of workshops, the participants comprising a choir will sing tunes they’ve learned with Linda at a Friday night 7 p.m. service. A Saturday night public concert will follow at 7 p.m. in two parts; first with the choir and then a solo performance of original stories and songs. Both will take place at All Souls Unitarian Church in Brattleboro. There is a suggested donation at the door.

Cantor Hirschhorn, the founder of Vocolot, the first Jewish women’s a cappella ensemble has released two songbooks and eight recordings of original material. Her songs and choral arrangements have been published in major Jewish and folk anthologies, are performed by professional and amateur groups around the world, and have been used in video, radio documentaries, and dance scores.

She states, “My music ranges from simple to complex to satisfy and challenge inexperienced and experienced singers alike. The words are often taken from traditional liturgy and text with an emphasis on the values of peace and justice that are so strongly rooted in Jewish traditions.”

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