Who are the conductors?

We will have two exciting guest conductors, and two Instant Choirs instead of three as we've had in the past.  

Dr Noreen Green is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the acclaimed Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, which she founded in 1994. Under her direction, the LAJS has performed in multiple renowned venues, with guest performers such as Tovah Feldshuh, Theodore Bikel, Randy Newman, Marvin Hamlisch and many others. Known worldwide for her knowledge and skill in presenting music with Jewish themes, she has served as guest conductor in the United States, Israel, South Africa, Canada and Australia. In 2017, she was honoured by Musical America, the oldest and most prestigious American magazine on classical music, as one of its Movers and Shapers, the Top 30 Musical America's Professionals of the Year.

Dr Green has received numerous awards and recognition, including the National Foundation of Jewish Culture, the State of Israel Bonds, and the California Legislature Assumbly Member Bob Blumenfield for creating the Interfaith Tribute Choir and Orchestra Concert for Remembering 9/11. She conducts the AJU Choir, which she founded in 2014, and is adjunct Professor at Pierce College, where she conducts the Encore Singers. At the 5th AJCF, she will conduct the Challenge Choir.

 

Kelly Shepard has sung professionally for 30 years: opera, musicals and barbershop, and directed many choirs, conducting choral works in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera House. As Head of Department, Kelly built a performing arts program at Milken Community Schools, the largest Jewish Day School in the USA, where he served as Musical Director for all the musicals. Kelly founded, and for 15 years led the Los Angeles chapter of HaZamir, the International Teen Choir founded under the umbrella of the Zamir Choral Foundation. He has been a regular presenter at the North American Jewish Choral Festival. He and his family now reside in Brisbane, where he directs the Brisbane City Sounds Chorus. He aims to bring Australia to the HaZamir world by starting HaZamir Australia. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Music Education (High Distinction) from Indiana University School of Music.  

Attendees of the 4th AJCF, in 2018, will remember him well. Kelly will conduct the Connection Choir.

To enquire about registering, please contact us on ajcf@jewish-arts.org.au