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For well over 40 years, Steve Dropkin
has been actively involved in Jewish music.
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
is widely regarded as a major new composer of contemporary Jewish music and liturgy.
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.
has been a finalist in the American Jewish Song Festival, as well as the Zionist Organization of America Song Contest
composition Hashkiveinu was the winner of the first-ever Shalshelet Choral Festival.
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.
songs are also be found on the Ruach: New Jewish Tunes compilation albums and companion songbooks as well as Nigun Anthology.
is also a contributor to the Torah Alive music curriculum.
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
has also performed at the CAJE Conference many times.
In 2007, Dropkin
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
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.,
taught extensively, and directed the adult chorale.
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.
has recorded seven albums of original Jewsh music.