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AC SENIOR STAFF
Hazzan Natasha J. Hirschhorn, Music Director
Hazzan Natasha J. Hirschhorn has been serving as the Music Director of Congregation Ansche Chesed since 2004. She is also the conductor of the Jewish community chorus, Shirei Chesed. A native of Ukraine, Natasha has been exploring the music of Russian and Ukrainian Jewry since her studies in musicology, piano and composition at Moscow Gnesins’ Musical College and the Kiev State Conservatory.
Natasha was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion in 1999, and now teaches at the Cantorial Schools of the Academy, the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Hebrew Union College. Hazzan Hirschhorn is also the vice-president of Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music, an organization that seeks to foster new music for Jewish congregational use and expose wider audiences to innovations in Jewish religious music.
The author of numerous liturgical and secular compositions and an accomplished performer and recording artist, Natasha is featured on nine recordings as singer, pianist, arranger and composer; her first solo album of original music They Call Me, 9 Meditations on Hebrew Prayers, was released in 2003. Her compositions have been performed in congregations, music festivals and concert halls throughout the country, including the Alice Tully Hall, NYU, Rutgers University, Strathmore Hall, MD, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Some recent highlights include performances and presentations at the Women Cantor's Network conference in Austin, TX; 3rd International Shalshelet Festival in Milwaukee, WI and Washington, D.C., Limmud UK 2008, Limmud NY 2009, Artist-in-Residence program at Indiana University, MANAJE conference, and first Limmud for Russian Speaking Americans in the summer of 2009.
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