Cantorial Council of America to Honor Belz’s 50th Anniversary at Annual Convention June 1-3

May 18, 2004 — The Cantorial Council of America will honor the 50th anniversary of the Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music at its 44th Annual Convention June 1-3 at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.
The convention will honor graduates of the Belz School of Yeshiva University’s affiliate Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and will also feature presentations by nationally recognized scholars, musicologists, and Belz alumni and staff.

Cantor Bernard Beer, director of Belz, will lead the session “A Fifty Year Synopsis of the History and Ongoing Development of the Belz School Nusah Curriculum.” Cantors Joseph Malovny and Sherwood Goffin will also present sessions.

Other presentations include “The Stress of the Cantor In and Out of the Synagogue,” by Dr. David Pelcovitz; “Proper Phraseology in Tefilah,” by Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weingarten; “Survey of Historical Recordings in Jewish Music,” by Henry Sapoznik, producer of the Yiddish Radio Project for National Public Radio; and “Proper Use and Care of the Voice,” by Cantor Avrohom Weingarten.

A session on the music of Hallel will be presented by Cantors Mayer Davis, Elwin Redfern, Seymour Rockoff, and Aryeh Samberg on June 1. A musical presentation featuring Cantors Pinchas Cohen, Moshe Tessone, Asher Hainovitz, and Moshe Weiss; Belz student Shalom Cukier; and accompanied by Cantor Daniel Gildar, will occur on June 2 at 8 pm. Dinner is $55 per person; the musical program is free and open to the public.

The complete convention schedule, including registration and hotel information, is available online at For additional information, call the Belz School at 212-960-5353 or email

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