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Evan J. Griffith

Evan J. GriffithEVAN J. GRIFFITH (1992 – ) served as organ scholar at Temple Emanu-El from 2006 through 2011. Mentored by Cantor Lori Corrsin, Evan developed a love of Jewish liturgical music through his experience as a congregant, student and organist at Emanu-El. His first experience playing at Emanu-El was accompanying the closing hymn at his own bar mitzvah service in 2005.

Having grown up in New York City, Evan was privileged to study organ with Pedro d’Aquino and at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) precollege program with McNeil Robinson and Dr. Stephen Hamilton. While at MSM, Evan also studied conducting with Jonathan Strasser and composition with Daniel Bar-Hava. During this time, Evan served as principal organist at the Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation under the direction of Ralph Selig. He went on to major in music and psychology at Dartmouth College, studying organ and conducting with Dr. Gerald Weale, Dr. Robert Duff and Dr. Melinda O’Neal. While in New Hampshire, Evan founded the Roth Center Hillel Choir, a community choir specializing in Jewish choral music. As organist and choir director at the Roth Center for Jewish Life, Evan developed the “T’Filah B’Shirah: Prayer in Song” choral Shabbat service series and organized special choral programs for the High Holy Days under the mentorship of Rabbi Edward Boraz.

In 2013, as the recipient of the Arthur Hertzberg Fellowship Grant, Evan was commissioned to write a sacred choral service for Shabbat, which resulted in 10 new works for solo, duet and choir. These works have been premiered by Evan’s choir at the Roth Center, as well as by Cantor Lori Corrsin and the professional Choir of Temple Emanu-El.

Outside of the Jewish community, Evan has held numerous organist and conducting positions, including organist at the Tucker Foundation and West Lebanon Congregational Church, and conductor and artistic director of the Dartmouth Chamber Orchestra. He is a first-place winner of the Charlotte Bagnall Church Music Scholarship and was an E. Powers Biggs Fellow. Evan maintains his ties to Emanu-El as both a member and substitute organist, where he continues to learn from Cantor Corrsin, Organist/Choir Director K. Scott Warren and Associate Organist Dr. Andrew Henderson. He holds both SPC and CAGO degrees from the American Guild of Organists and thanks his teachers and mentors so much for their help and support. Evan looks forward to composing, conducting, learning and playing more music in the years ahead.

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