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Benjie Ellen Schiller

Benjie Ellen SchillerBENJIE ELLEN SCHILLER (1958 – ) is a nationally known composer whose works include Life-Song Cycle, a series of pieces for Jewish life-passage ceremonies; Halleluhu, a multirhythmic setting of Psalm 150; and various commissioned works for synagogues, choirs and interfaith liturgical groups. World Fulfilled, a solo recording of her compositions, was released in December 2001.

As a classical soloist, Ms. Schiller has appeared with the John Oliver Chorale, the Boston Zamir Chorale, the Rottenberg Chorale and Sine Nomine of New York. She also participates as a cantor in residence throughout the United States and shares her musical approaches to prayer and celebration as a national fellow of the Synagogue 2000 project.

As a composer, Ms. Schiller’s arrangements and compositions are featured on the two recordings made by the Beged Kefet philanthropic Jewish music ensemble. She also has recorded cassettes for the Reconstructionist movement’s Kol Haneshamah home prayer book and is a featured cantor on Yamim Noraim, a CD recording of High Holy Day music.

In addition to performing and composing, Ms. Schiller serves as cantor at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in White Plains, N.Y., and a professor of cantorial arts at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She received her bachelor’s degree in composition from Boston University and her masters in sacred music from HUC-JIR. She has studied composition with Stephen Albert, John Goodman and Samuel Adler.

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