The Sydney Jewish Choral Society is a community choir numbering some 40 men and women singing in four parts SATB, under the musical direction of Rose Grausman.
Using music as a bridge between and within the Jewish and wider communities, the Society aims to build goodwill and spread messages of harmony and tolerance.
Our members are volunteers and come from a wide range of professions, countries and musical backgrounds. The repertoire has been wide ranging too, taking in classical, opera, jazz and musicals, popular and folk music in many languages including English, Italian, Russian, Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew, Hebrew liturgical settings, and other Hebrew musical settings.
Our history and aims
Formed in 1986 by Music Critic David Brown, the Sydney Jewish Choral Society is part of Sydney’s cultural scene, performing in a variety of venues including Sydney Opera House, Sydney Town Hall, the Great Hall of Sydney University and the Clancy Auditorium at The University of New South Wales.
Our primary aims are:
To foster, promote and develop the art of choral music, covering the classical repertoire, Israeli and secular music;
To provide entertainment for community functions thereby assisting fund raising for community causes; and
To make appearances in the wider community on behalf of Sydney Jewry.
Musical Director, Rose GrausmanRose was born and grew up in Moscow, where she trained at the Moscow Musical College
and the Gnesinsky Musical Institute. She worked at a Moscow school for musically
talented children and at the Kabalevsky Laboratory researching the ability
of children’s voices. Since her arrival in Australia she has taught music in schools
and privately and has conducted the Sydney Children’s Choir and Singers 2000.
She has been the musical director of the Sydney Jewish Choral Society since 1992,
imbuing it with her enthusiastic style and guiding it successfully through many challenging choral performances.