The North American Jewish Choral Festival, founded by Matthew Lazar in 1990, is the premiere Jewish choral event in the world. Each year, the Festival brings together individual singers and choirs from across North America and beyond, with a renowned staff of conductors and clinicians to sing, learn and share the joy of Jewish music. For 5 days each summer, participants experience a wide variety of Jewish musical experiences, including:

  • DAILY COMMUNITY SINGS conducted by some of the greatest talents in Jewish music
  • WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS on topics ranging from sight-singing and vocal technique to choral repertoire, spirituality through music and much, much more
  • “INSTANT ENSEMBLES” for all singing participants led by acclaimed conductors
  • EVENING CONCERTS featuring outstanding vocal ensembles, choirs and soloists

Each year since 2004, the Festival has also featured Hallel V’Zimrah Award ceremonies to honor individuals who have made important contributions to the world of Jewish music. Click here to learn more about our award.

The Choral Festival has something for everyone: amateur singers, professional soloists, cantors, conductors, and lovers of Jewish music of all ages. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, you’ll leave with new skills, new music and new friends to cherish.