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This profile was last updated on 9/12/09  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Birmingham Jewish Folk Chorale

Education

  • theatre
    Clark University
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Web References
oySongs.com - love Jewish music
www.oysongs.com, 12 Sept 2009 [cached]
STEVE DROPKIN - Bio
ARTIST
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Steve Dropkin For 30 years Steve Dropkin has been actively involved in Jewish music. He began his songleading career with skill he learned at the Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA at the age of 14. In high school he was the Regional Songleader for the Jersey Federation of Temple Youth, a region of NFTY, the national youth organization of the Reform movement. That experience led to his inclusion on three of the NFTY “Songs NFTY Sings†record albums where Steve sang and played guitar.
At college, while majoring in theatre at Clark University in Worcester, MA, Steve’s songleading career blossomed. He had a great success in his ability to motivate groups to sing and pray. He has now led literally hundreds of retreat weekends and conclaves.
Steve has been a regular guest lecturer at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music in New York for over 10 years. His presentations on contemporary Jewish music have been heard by scores of cantorial students who have used his concepts to balance contemporary music with the more traditional Jewish modes. He has also been a guest panelist at the American Conference of Cantors national convention.
Even though Steve has been writing songs little more than 13 years, it is amazing how quickly his songs have found their way into the mainstream of Reform Jewish music. Many of his songs are already “standards†in Reform camps and religious schools, as well as in worship services. He is widely regarded as a major new composer of contemporary Jewish music and liturgy. Steve's songs have been heard on Tower Airlines’ “in-flight†music programming. His powerful song, "If Not Now, When? was chosen as the New Jersey State Anthem for the first World AIDS Day commemoration. He has been a finalist in the American Jewish Song Festival, as well as the Zionist Organization of America Song Contest. His composition "Hashkiveinu" was the winner of the first ever Shalshelet Choral Song Contest.
Steve Dropkin's music is published by the American Conference of Cantors (ACC) in their new Chazzan’s Life-Cycle Manuel. Transcontinental Music Publishing, the largest publisher of Jewish music in the world, has included more than 20 of Steve’s songs in numerous projects. You can find his work in “The Complete Shireinuâ€, “Shabbat Anthology I and II" and in “Manginot IIâ€, a curriculum of children’s music. His songs can also be found on the “Ruach†CD’s series, 5761, 5763, and 5765, (and the companion Ruach Songbooks) as well as a collection of music called “The Nigun Anthologyâ€. Steve is also a contributor to the new "Torah Alive" Music Curriculum Project.
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Steve has performed all over the United States, in England, and in Israel. He has been a featured performer the URJ National Biennial Convention on three occasions (most recently in Houston this past November), and at three National NFTY Conventions. He has also performed at 13 CAJE Conferences. Dropkin is considered to be a Master Songleader and teacher, having presented at numerous Jewish conferences and conventions. Steve is the founder of the Birmingham Jewish Folk Choral. He also serves as a part-time Cantorial Soloist at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Steve has just released his 5th CD entitled “On That Dayâ€(11 brand new and exciting songs!), fresh on the heels of his other solo CD's “Innerpeace†and “Keep Our Hopes Aliveâ€. Dropkin's first two CD's were recorded with his former trio, Ketzev.
He has two beautiful daughters, Marni and Ariel.
View all albums by Steve Dropkin
Steve Dropkin Artist Bio
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Steve Dropkin
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For well over 40 years, Steve Dropkin has been actively involved in Jewish music. He began his songleading career with the skills he learned at the Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA, at the age of 14. In high school, he was the Regional Songleader for the Jersey Federation of Temple Youth, a region of NFTY, the national youth organization of the Reform movement. That experience led to his inclusion on three of the NFTY Songs NFTY Sings albums.
Steve has been a regular guest lecturer at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's School
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Dropkin is widely regarded as a major new composer of contemporary Jewish music and liturgy.
His songs have been heard on in-flight music programming, and his powerful song, If Not Now, When?, was chosen as the New Jersey State Anthem for the first World AIDS Day commemoration. He has been a finalist in the American Jewish Song Festival, as well as the Zionist Organization of America Song Contest. His composition Hashkiveinu was the winner of the first-ever Shalshelet Choral Festival.
Steve Dropkin's music has been published by Transcontinental Music Publications (Union for Reform Judaism), the largest publisher of Jewish music in the world. Transcontinental and the URJ has included more than 25 of Steve's songs in various projects. You can find his work in The Complete Shireinu, The CompleteJewish Songbook, Shabbat Anthology, and in The Complete Jewish Songbook for Children: Manginot II. His songs are also be found on the Ruach: New Jewish Tunes compilation albums and companion songbooks as well as Nigun Anthology. Steve is also a contributor to the Torah Alive music curriculum.
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Steve has performed all over the United States, in England, and in Israel. A highlight was at Gracie Mansion for Mayor Guilliani's 2001 Salute to Israel celebration, and has been a featured repeat performer at the URJ National Biennials, as well as at the National NFTY Conventions. He has also performed at the CAJE Conference many times.
Artist Bio
In 2007, Dropkin formed his first band, The Rhythm Project. A group of musicians with over 120 years of
combined professional musicianship, The Rhythm Project brings new energy to Steve's already dynamic
music.
Steve has served as baal shirah (cantorial soloist) at Temple Beth Israel in Fresno, CA.
Prior to that, he served as the Musical Artist-in-Residence at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton FL.,
where he taught extensively, and directed the adult chorale.
He was also the soloist at Temple Beth El in Ft. Myers, FL.
While living in Birmingham, AL, Steve founded and directed the Birmingham Jewish Folk Chorale.
Dropkin has recorded seven albums of original Jewsh music.
Shalshelet : Composers D - F
www.shalshelet.org, 19 June 2011 [cached]
Steve Dropkin 2004 Hashkiveinu Transcontinental Music Steve Dropkin is now recording his fifth album of original Jewishmusic, entitled On That Day. He is a guest lecturer at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City and has performed in England, Israel, and the United States. Steve is the founder of the Birmingham Jewish Folk Chorale. Two of Steve's major pieces have been published in choral settings, and a third choral selection will be released in the next few months. Recently, he served as music director and worship coordinator at the Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi. Steve has been a finalist in the American Jewish Song Contest. His music has been featured on the in-flight listening programs for Tower Airlines. http://www.stevedropkin.com/
Steve Dropkin ...
www.tbeboca.org, 8 May 2010 [cached]
Steve Dropkin
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton :: Adult Chorale
www.tbeboca.org, 8 May 2010 [cached]
Join the TBE Adult Chorale led by our own Musical Artist-in-Residence, Steve Dropkin. Steve is an award winning composer and performer of Jewish music who is starting his second season as our Chorale Director. His energy and dynamic style has infused a spirit into this group that will absolutely captivate you.
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