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Leon Hyman, Choirmaster Emeritus

Having lead the Shearith israel Choir since 1955, Mr. Hyman is  also Professor emeritus of Montclair State University where he served on the conducting faculty. He taught conducting and conducted ensembles at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Juilliard School. Mr. Hyman is the music director/conductor of the New Philharmonic of New Jersey (Morristown), which he co­founded in 1978. 


Several compositions by Leon Hyman were introduced into Shearith Israel Choir's repetoire in 2014 and 2015.  These are sung occasionally throughout the year during services. You can listen to several of these below; they were recorded live (not professionally) at our Annual Gala in 2016:

Ubnuho Yomar (Dedicated in memory of Abraham Hyman)

Yehi Hasdekha (Dedicated in memory of Rebecca Hyman)



A few of Mr. Hyman's compositions for our choir have not yet become a regular part of our repetoire. These are:

Mizmor LeDavid (Psalm 23)


Emet Malkenu (See below) 



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