Rhoda J. Harrison was ordained as a synagogue cantor in 1993 by the Hebrew Union College's Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and has worked in Reform synagogues in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Baltimore. She has also performed on the concert stage throughout the United States.
A classically trained lyric-coloratura soprano, Rhoda Harrison enjoys performing operatic, art song, theatre, and oratorio literature in addition to cantorial repertoire. Whether in the synagogue or on the concert stage, Rhoda Harrison couples her rich and emotive lyrical expression with her expansive range to express text and uplift audiences.
Rhoda Harrison also holds a doctorate in Jewish Studies and enjoys teaching immensely. Her areas of expertise include Jewish liturgy, cantillation (biblical chant), synagogue song, and voice.
Saturday, January 6 2018
Jerusalem of Gold
Israel is a stunningly beautiful country that despite it being mired in political and military conflict for its entire existence is still a place where many across the world feel at home and find spiritual connection. Israel is also a place of great artistic creativity, and music is an integral part of its national identity. Throughout Israel’s complicated history, composers of all musical genres have sought to combine both Jewish and non-Jewish elements in order to create a distinctive musical culture. Rhoda will delight the audience with a program of Israeli music that spans the country’s rich history, offers a taste of its musical character, and lends a voice towards peace.
Ha'kheil Et Ha'am
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