STEVE DROPKIN - Bio
For 30 years Steve Dropkin
has been actively involved in Jewish music.
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
â€œSongs NFTY Singsâ€ record albums where Steve
sang and played guitar.
At college, while majoring in theatre at Clark University
in Worcester, MA, Steveâ€™s songleading career blossomed.
had a great success in his
ability to motivate groups to sing and pray.
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.
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.
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 â€œstandardsâ€ in Reform camps and religious schools, as well as in worship services.
is widely regarded as a major new composer of contemporary Jewish music and liturgy.
Steve's songs have been heard on Tower Airlinesâ€™ â€œin-flightâ€ music programming.
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
composition "Hashkiveinu" was the winner of the first ever Shalshelet Choral Song Contest.
music is published by the American Conference of Cantors (ACC) in their new Chazzanâ€™s Life-Cycle Manuel.
Transcontinental Music Publishing
, the largest publisher of Jewish music in the world, has included more than 20 of Steveâ€™s songs in numerous projects.
You can find his
work in â€œThe Complete Shireinuâ€, â€œShabbat Anthology I and II" and in â€œManginot IIâ€, a curriculum of childrenâ€™s music.
songs can also be found on the â€œRuachâ€ CDâ€™s series, 5761, 5763, and 5765, (and the companion Ruach Songbooks) as well as a collection of music called â€œThe Nigun Anthologyâ€.
is also a contributor to the new "Torah Alive" Music Curriculum Project.
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.
has also performed at 13 CAJE Conferences.
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.
has just released his
5th CD entitled â€œOn That Dayâ€(11 brand new and exciting songs!), fresh on the heels of his
other solo CD's â€œInnerpeaceâ€ and â€œKeep Our Hopes Aliveâ€.
Dropkin's first two CD's were recorded with his
former trio, Ketzev.
has two beautiful daughters, Marni and Ariel.
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