President David Shukiar Reflects and Looks Ahead

We have so much to be proud of during the 50 years since the creation of our mighty organization! What started as a small idea in 1972 at the American Conference of Cantors (ACC) convention in Toronto, turned into a worldwide network of Jewish and Temple musicians supporting each other and our friends in the ACC. But we didn’t get here overnight. Cantor Stephen Richards, who served as our first president, worked diligently to create an organization that could support synagogues without a professional cantor and, ultimately, raise the prominence of Jewish music in the synagogue and beyond. His vision and the ensuing work of all of our Guild leaders since has led us to this moment today.

We have some exciting and ambitious activities planned for this year as our GTM is Guilded in Gold:

* A new GTM-centered publication from Transcontinental Music Publications

*A spectacular concert in March, celebrating GTM composers and performers

*An invitation for your congregation to join our innovative Fifty for 50 campaign

And so much more is on the way! (Be sure to take a look below.) This year-long celebration requires a huge investment of time and funds, and we would love your help. Please feel free to email me if you are able to donate your time or make a contribution to support our many programs in honor of this 50th anniversary. Thanks for your generosity of time and finances!

This organization could not function without the efforts of many volunteers (and some staff in the ACC office) who give so much of themselves to keep our Guild strong. I want to express my gratitude to the members of our Executive Board and various committees, and thanks to our many ACC colleagues who actively support the GTM. We are always looking for the future leaders of our Guild and welcome your participation!

Wishing you all a year that is Guilded in Gold as we celebrate 50 years of the GTM!

New Music Publication: Celebrating GTM Musicians

Chaired by Dr. Alan Mason

This new Transcontinental Music publication features and highlights previously unpublished musical works from past winners of the Ben Steinberg Young Composer’s Award. Each of the composers selected for this publication had the distinction of winning the award twice, and the works chosen span over two decades of composition. They are:

Elohai N’tzor L’shoni Meira
by Boaz Dorot, winner in 2021 (also won in 2018)

Mah Ashiv from Hallel for Adult and Children’s Choir
by Michael Boino, winner in 2014 (also won in 2013)

Shabbat HaMalkah from Birkat HaBanim
by Matt Davidson, winner in 2004 (also won in 2002)

Shalom Rav (B’seifer Chayim)
by David Shukiar, winner in 2000 (also won in 2003)

This publication and its accompanying recording are made possible through the generosity of the Burton Zipser Endowment Fund and other donors to the GTM.

Support this project today

Guilded in Gold: Celebrating 50 years of the GTM

Chaired by Mark Saltzman

This special concert will feature the music of GTM composers throughout the generations, performed by GTM members from all over the country. We will also have the world premiere of our special 50th anniversary publication of 4 previously unpublished winning pieces of the Ben Steinberg Young Composer’s Award from Transcontinental Music Publications. Mark your calendar!

Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 4 pm Pacific/7 pm Eastern
Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks CA

Fifty for 50: Celebrating 50 years of the GTM

Chaired by David Shukiar

Join the largest celebration of our 50th anniversary! 

The GTM is inviting congregations from all over the world to participate in our Fifty for 50 initiative. We are challenging at least 50 communities to join us in song and present one or more of our 50th Anniversary publication pieces this next year. Following the world premiere at our concert on March 26, the collection of musical pieces can be presented in full or in part, and in any way that suits the participating community. Everyone will receive recognition on the GTM website for participating. Details on how to get involved can be found here and we will continue to share information on the publication and how to purchase it for your community.

Participate in our ongoing programs

Guild Talks Music

Chaired by Molly May and Emily Tummons

Sharpening our skills, improving our craft, and increasing our knowledge are a few of the areas that we tackle in our professional development series. Established a few years ago, Guild Talks Music uses the talents of our members to help educate and support other members. This year, one of our sessions includes a retrospective on how the Guild came to be, and a conversation on where we see ourselves in the future. And we have lots of other great opportunities in the months ahead. Mark your calendar!

Guitar Workshop with Zach Singer
Wednesdays, November 16, 30 and December 7 at 9 pm Eastern
in partnership with Sing Unto God

Havdallah Live
Saturday, January 21 at 9 pm Eastern

The Road to 50: Celebrating the History of the GTM
Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 8 pm Eastern

Guild Talks with the Women Cantors’ Network
Wednesday, April 19 at 1 pm Eastern

Find out more about Guild Talks Music

Guild Cares

Chaired by Dr. John Stefano

Continuing in the spirit of helping and supporting our members across the world, Guild Cares is designed to help members connect with each other for mentoring, collaboration and friendship. Recognizing that members are often the only one of their kind in their professional settings, we seek to provide a safe space to discuss issues with others who can be empathetic and helpful in dealing with the challenges we all face. Mark these dates on your calendar and more information on specific topics of discussion will be shared soon:

Monday, February 20, 2023 at 5 pm Pacific/8 pm Eastern

Monday, May 8, 2023 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern

MEET MEMBERS in the Spotlight

Our Mission is to enhance the knowledge and expertise of The Guild of Temple Musicians members through continuing education in the field of Jewish music.

MEET MEMBERS in the Spotlight