The flagship of the Music Program is the Australian Jewish Choral Fesetival (AJCF), a first in Australia. Jewish Arts also presents and supports performances of Jewish music and by Jewish musicians, as well as participatory workshops for non-professionals to enjoy.
1. THE AUSTRALIAN JEWISH CHORAL FESTIVAL
Modelled on the North American Jewish Choral Festival, the inaugural AJCF took place in March 2012 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, with the acclaimed New York vocal ensemble The Western Wind as the faculty. The second festival took place in June 2014, again at the Sydney Conservatorium of music. Professor Joshua Jacobson, Sam Glaser and Russell Ger made up the illustrious teaching faculty. The third festival is scheduled to take place in 27-28 March 2016.
The festival offers a unique experience to Jewish and non-Jewish singers of all skill levels who are interested in the rich traditions of Jewish choral music. There are opportunities to sing together in large and small groups with fellow singers, experience singing under the direction of each of the faculty conductors, hear a variety of choirs and perform for other festival attendees and the public.
2. MUSIC WORKSHOPS
Ranging from events for enthusiasts who would like an experience of Yiddish, Broadway or Israeli music, to workshops for young, emerging composers to write Jewish music, the workshops are presented by professionals in each field and are open to all.
The third focus area is the support of professional presentations of Jewish music and Jewish performers. Jewish Arts has co-presented Australian and overseas artists.