Don’t think that klezmer has to end when you leave high school. It can continue when you get to college. Colleges have lots of opportunities for joining bands, including klezmer bands! If you’re truly fortunate, you may get to attend a professional klezmer workshop or two.
After an eight year hiatus, KlezmerPalooza! has returned. As I mentioned in an earlier post, it’s a klezmer workshop for college students. Last year it took place at Columbia University the weekend of January 29-30. In the past it’s been hosted by Yale, Princeton, and Brown, but the last one was in 2003. Hopefully, it will be back again as an annual event.
The students in the photo are from the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh. Most of its members attend Carnegie Mellon University. Two of the musicians in the photo are David Zaidins, (bari sax) who came out of our program, and Jonathan Snider (clarinet), who played with Jeff Warschauer’s Port Washington Temple Beth Israel Intergenerational Klezmer Band. Together, they breathed new life into their band when they started CMU in the fall of 2008.
So, when you go off to school take advantage of the leadership opportunity. If your college doesn’t already have a klezmer band, start one yourself! Begin by talking to your campus Hillel. Post a sign saying you’re looking to start a band. And to get you jump started, Kenny’s music arrangements are available for purchase. Just let him know!