“Close your eyes and listen. Better yet, open your mouth and sing. Let our cantors uplift, comfort, and soothe your soul in worship. Music will open the door to your heritage and extend a bridge to your future.”Cantor Azi Schwartz
Music to Your Ears
From generation to generation we celebrate our past and invest in the future through music. The Music Center is proud to continue the synagogue’s long tradition of commissioning liturgical works by inviting accomplished composers to write for our services. Most of the pieces on these albums were composed in recent years.
Our worship evolves with new liturgical settings that accommodate the musical sensibilities of our generation. From innovative instrumentations to a novel pace, from using Sephardi expressions to singing prayers in English, we build on our heritage and draw meaning from it.
YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAMS
If you have a song in your heart and enjoy performing, contact Josh Rosenberg to join!
Open to learners age 6 and up who love to sing, the Youth Choir rehearses on Saturdays after Congregational School Shabbat Experience programming (12:05–12:35 pm) and performs throughout the year at Shabbat services, Vicki K. Wimpfheimer Mitzvah Day, Zimriyah, and more!
Our newly refreshed Teen A Cappella choir is open to all teens who have become Bnei Mitzvah. The group rehearses on Wednesdays from 5:30–6:00 pm. Stay after Food Pantry packing or come early for teen classes and join us in singing! We perform at Teen High Holiday services, Rock Kabbalat Shabbat services, Vicki K. Wimpfheimer Mitzvah Day, and more!
The Teen Rock Band is a gem of the Music Center. The group of 8th-12th graders meets once a week to practice and to explore the world of contemporary Jewish music. They share their experience with the community throughout the year, by performing on Mitzvah Day, at Rock Kabbalat Shabbat, and occasional concerts.
Park Avenue Synagogue has a long and illustrious history in the world of Jewish liturgical music. PAS has benefited from the leadership and musicianship of extraordinary cantors, choir masters, and organists. The synagogue has not only preserved the musical legacy of the past but has also been a leader in the creation of contemporary liturgical music.
Shapiro AUDIO ARCHIVES
The Rita and George M. Shapiro Audio Archive is a repository of recordings of religious services, lectures, and concerts that took place in Park Avenue Synagogue’s historic sanctuary between 1954 and 2004.