Shalom! After taking a few years off to finish my master’s degree in Jewish Education, I have the privilege of holding the office of Vice President of Conventions for the Guild of Temple Musicians. I hold this near and dear to my heart, as I had previously been the co-chair of the Fort Lauderdale and the Philadelphia conventions. Thank you to Marla and the board for their trust in me to fulfill this job.
Enough about me, as we are coming up very quickly to our 2020 Virtual ACC/GTM Convention, I would like you to meet the amazing co-chairs who had to perform a complete “180” and turn what was to be a beautiful San Diego convention, into a wonderful and what I know what will be, an engaging virtual convention.
Our ACC Convention Co-Chairs:
Cantor Jen Roher
Cantor Jen Roher received her Master of Sacred Music degree from the HUC-JIR Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in 2004 and was ordained as a cantor by that institution in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford and attended the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. Cantor Roher and her husband, Ryan Smith, have two sons, Elijah, and Gabriel. Their family currently lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Cantor Roher is an active volunteer in the ACC on a regional and national level. She serves on the ACC’s Publications Committee, occasionally serving as a music editor and arranger. Cantor Roher is the Cantor at The Temple-Congregation Shomer Emunim, in Sylvania, Ohio.
Cantor William Tiep
Cantor William Tiep was born in Encino, California and grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. Billy found his talents drew him to work with young people, and so a major in both music and education was a natural choice. Billy received his degree in Music Education from the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Billy studied at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where he was ordained as cantor in 2007. Besides his work with secular and religious schools, Billy has also been the Head Songleader at the URJ Greene Family Camp (1997), and URJ Kutz Camp (1998, 1999, 2003, 2004).
He served as cantor from 2007 to 2010 at the historic Touro Synagogue in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he took the annual Jazz Fest Shabbat service to a new level, working with the famous Kermit Ruffins, Allen Toussaint, and Marcia Ball.
Billy serves Temple Solel in San Diego, with his wife Michelle, their sons Zachary, Eli, and Joshua and two dogs, Oliver, and Kona.
Our GTM Co-Chairs:
The music of David Shukiar has been heard in synagogues, concert halls (including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York) and theatres all over North American and in Israel. David has twice been awarded the Guild of Temple Musicians Ben Steinberg Young Composers Award; an honor shared by only three other composers in the history of this award. He has enjoyed commissions from cantors and synagogues from across the United States, Canada and Israel, including a commission from the American Conference of Cantors and the Guild of Temple Musicians to help dedicate a new building at Beit Daniel, a Reform community in Tel Aviv. David is also the composer of several works in musical theatre which include Make Believe, a two-time winner of the Burdette Fitzgerald Memorial Award for Theatre for Young Audiences, Benjamin and Judah, Louisa Mae Alcott’s Little Women, The Musical, winner of the Y.E.S. Festival of new works at Northern Kentucky University. Transcontinental has published many of David’s choral pieces and ensembles for Shabbat. David is a very devoted family man. David currently serves as Cantorial Soloist and Music Director for Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Bob has played for many concerts and services, and has composed close to 50 Jewish liturgical works, including a complete Sacred Service celebrating the 75th anniversary of Congregation B’nai B’rith in Santa Barbara in 2002, and the Sermon in Song, “Moses and the Rock”, which has been performed throughout Southern California. A founding member of the Helfman Institute composers’ group, Bob wrote a setting of Pitchu Lanu for the new CCAR Machzor, and “A Heart of Wisdom”, which was performed in Springfield, MA by a full orchestra and chorus. In 2017, two of his pieces were performed in the premiere of the Helfman Group’s “David’s Quilt”.
Bob is currently at work on a full-length musical version of “Noah and the Flood”. In secular music, he scored numerous video games for SceneIt, arranged and produced music for the hit film, “Little Miss Sunshine”, and as co-leader of the lounge/electronica group Supercasanova, has written and produced tracks used on many TV shows.
So, as you all can see, we have some UBER (no pun-intended) talented Co-Chairs who came together and worked as an amazing team to put together this convention.
Please click here on our website and sign up for the various workshops. Remember, this year’s convention is free to all GTM and ACC members. You do not want to miss “seeing” and “learning” from all of the amazing artists that our co-chairs have lined up.
Kol HaKavod to Jen, Billy, David, and Bob!
Beth Pennamacoor, MJEd
Vice President of Conventions, GTM
Cantorial Soloist/Director of Education at Temple Beit HaYam, Stuart, FL