Torah Reader’s Workshop

Workshop for Torah Readers – April 29th

It doesn’t get any better than this! Josh Gettinger is offering a workshop for Torah readers at Heska Amuna, Sunday afternoon, April 29, 10 a.m. to noon.  The workshop is designed for both beginning and advanced torah readers. A working knowledge of te’amei hamikra [trop], a half-hour of homework, and a desire to be engaged in a great workshop are the only prerequisites.

This workshop will not involve learning new melodies; instead, you will be asked to bring your melodies. Each participant will be asked to bring a 2-3 verse “favorite” or challenging passage to present to the group.  The first part of the workshop will be a brief interactive didactic session covering:

  • The basic concept of reading – retrieving chant as an ancient artistic tradition, combining words and music with the aim of bringing words to life
  • Hearing the trop as flowing melodic lines
  • Using the melodies to learn the intricate grammar of the chant

In the second hour, students will break into chevruta and practice the pieces brought to the workshop and incorporate their new insights into melody and grammar.  Everyone will then reconvene to present the polished pieces to the entire group for constructive feedback.  A relaxing “schmooze and nosh” will follow the workshop.

There is no charge for Heska Amuna members to attend the workshop but preregistration is required; sign up here or call the office at 522-0701.