The Art of the Nigun (12:45 – 2:15pm)
Drawing on Joey’s extensive experience with nigunim (wordless melodies), nusah (prayer chant), and other musical styles, this workshop will guide the participants in an exploration of the soul of any melody. Focusing on beautiful old melodies that may have been lost by history as well as Joey’s own compositions, we will collectively bring the music to life.
The Torah of Music (2:30 – 4pm)
Drawing from Joey’s 2017 National Jewish Book Award–winning book The Torah of Music, participants will explore the spiritual teachings of music by studying various Jewish musical-spiritual texts and stories. We will sing, too.
Where there is song there is prayer.
במקום רנה שם תהא תפלה
—Talmud Brachot 6a
Building Singing Communities (4:30 – 6pm)
Leading by example, and using concepts, actions, and visions from his book Building Singing Communities, Joey will teach us strategies for bringing people together to make music a lasting and joy-filled force in our shul and in Jewish life. We will learn techniques for facilitating closeness, setting up singing spaces, encouraging harmony, finding the groove, cultivating silence, and more. This workshop is designed for leaders, visionaries, and laypeople who want to transform the soundscape of our community. Participants will have the chance to sing deeply, learn musical Torah, and ask questions.