We’re Better Than Ever

That’s what all of our audience members have been saying:  Kol Rinah is better than ever.  Thanks in no small part to the fantastic new singers who have joined us, Kol Rinah is bigger and better than ever.  If you haven’t heard us in a while, you haven’t heard us.

We’re still looking for a few good men – and women.  If you can sing and you love the idea of sharing an eclectic mix of Jewish music with friends, family, and a growing group of fans, consider coming to our Open House on January 9, 2020.  If we’re a good fit for you, we’d love to have you audition (privately and gently) with our conductor, Benjamin Gruder.

We’re still working on a date and place for our spring concert because we need a venue that can hold our growing audience.  We need space on a Sunday in May for at least 130 audience members and 35 singers.  If you have any leads, by all means email us at kolrinahchorale@gmail.com to let us know!

Fall is Right Around the Corner

We’re gearing up for the new season with exciting music and a new accompanist!  (Check back for her bio soon.)  We auditioned several enthusiastic, proficient, eager collaborative pianists — we were rather spoiled for choice!

Thinking about joining us?  Our Open House for interested singers will be on Thursday, September 7th at 7:15 at the Shames JCC on the Hudson, 371 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY.

While you’re waiting for our first concert, samples of our music are available on YouTube, CDBaby, and this website.

Update for March 2017

We’ve been fortunate to have some truly talented singers join us this year, both in September and in January, and we can’t wait for you to hear us as we perform our Spring Into Song concert on Sunday, May 7th at 1:00 p.m.  It’s earlier in the day than we’ve held our concerts in the past, but our new hosts, the Shames JCC on the Hudson, is so crammed with activity every Sunday that we’re glad to have reserved a time that works both for them and for Kol Rinah.  Buying your tickets now not only saves you a few dollars, but it helps us plan so we have the right number of programs and enough refreshments.  So please help Kol Rinah by buying your tickets soon.

We’ll be doing two “sets” during this concert — groupings of related songs.  We’ve got a few settings of Psalm 42 (Kaayal Ta’arog in Hebrew/ As the deer longs for the stream in English), from renaissance to contemporary.  Then we’ve got a few Broadway songs many of you will recognize.  Add to these sets other songs in Hebrew, English, and Ladino, and songs both liturgical and pop, and we think we’ve got a concert everyone will enjoy.

Speaking of our new singers, it’s no surprise that choral singing is still on the rise.  Some appreciate the psychological benefits of belonging to a group (akin to being on a sports team), some feel the physical benefits of singing together (such as deeper, more efficient breathing, and actual brain changes as discussed in this TIME article),  and some of us just like singing with friends old and new.  So whether you sing in a chorus or around a campfire, keep it up!  Singing is good for you — body and soul!

Kol Rinah Update for Fall 2016

We’re still pinching ourselves at our good fortune in being welcomed to the Shames JCC on the Hudson.  They offer wonderful programming including a dedicated music department and we’re fitting right in.  We’re delighted that several new singers have joined us, and our sound is even richer and fuller than ever!

We can’t wait to sing for you at our new home in Tarrytown for our Chanukah Concert.  Join us on Sunday, December 4th, at 4:00 p.m. at the Shames JCC on the Hudson (371 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY) for an afternoon of song.  As we’ve done for so many years, we’ll be featuring a rousing Chanukah set, but also rounding out the program with an eclectic mix of Jewish music from liturgical to contemporary in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.  Tickets are available online now.  Don’t wait and pay more at the door.  We love to sing to a large, enthusiastic audience so come and spend an afternoon with  us in our new venue.  Refreshments will be provided of course!

Kol Rinah Update for Summer 2016

This past winter, we heard the sad news that the Rosenthal JCC would be closing its doors for good.  The Rosenthal JCC has been Kol Rinah’s home since its formation in 2001, generously giving us time and space to rehearse and perform.

Imagine our delight when we were introduced to the Shames JCC on the Hudson, who warmly welcomed us with offers of weekly rehearsal space  and performance space when we need it!  Located very near the Hudson River in Tarrytown, the Shames JCC is only 10 – 15 minutes further than the Rosenthal JCC for our northernmost singers and fans, and a bit closer than Pleasantville for our south- and mid-Westchester people.

I’m sure you know that the Shames JCC on the Hudson has an ongoing music program, a  young people’s Klezmer band, and all sorts of going programs for children, adults, and seniors.  But perhaps you don’t know about their huge physical expansion.  A part of their upcoming Center For Your Life will be a new theater/auditorium — we can’t wait to see it! You can take a look at their plans, drawings, and building campaign here.

We’re hoping to attract a few new singers to join our close-knit, enthusiastic, and committed group.  Have you ever wanted to sing with Kol Rinah?  Now may be a really great time to check us out as we start in our new home together.  We will now be rehearsing on THURSDAY evenings.

Why not join us at our OPEN HOUSE on September 15th at 7:15 to see if we’re a good fit for each other?

We’ve got some great new repertoire selected for the upcoming year, and we can’t wait to share it with our singers and our friends, families, and fans.

SO whether you sing with us or just enjoy our music from the audience, we can’t wait to see you in the fall!

(And if your synagogue, Hadassah, Sisterhood, religious school group or local library wants to hire us, we’d be delighted to discuss how we can make your program a success.)


Kol Rinah Update for May

We’re so excited to announce our Spring Concert to be held at the Rosenthal JCC  (last event before it closes its doors!) on Sunday, June 19th at 2:00.  We’re presenting a few feature — a themed “set” of music based on Bible references in African American spirituals.  We are loving polishing these songs for you, and we’re sure our audience will enjoy them in turn.

We’re also singing a few paired musical selections – two songs with the same text with different composers, two songs by the same composer with different texts, and more.  Let us know what you think after the concert.

As always, tickets are available online or we’ll be glad to reserve advance seats for you if you call (914-243-9059).  If you’re not on our mailing list but would like to be, please complete the “contact us” section of this website and let us know!