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JMI Online: Yiddish Songwriting Academy

Sunday 3rd April 2022 Thursday 7th April 2022

Yiddish Songwriting Academy NEW!! (Online)
Initiated and directed by Shura Lipovsky

This year Shura Lipovsky is establishing a new school for the Jewish Music Institute in London: Yiddish Songwriting Academy (YSA). Although it will ultimately be for people who feel called upon to write songs or to compose on existing Yiddish texts, this year (because of zoom) it is mainly an extensive singing workshop with contemporary composers from various countries.

Anyone who feels like singing is welcome to participate and be inspired by new Yiddish works.

This course will be a start, an impetus to provide you with inspiration from an overview of existing repertoire by the revered pianist and director of the Yiddish Folksbiene Zalmen Mlotek (New York), to getting to know songwriters of today, who will present some of their material with an insight in what has inspired them till this moment in time.

Among those we welcome the acclaimed singer/songwriter Dan Kahn.

This first course (on line) will be an opportunity to sing established repertoire together and also will provide an invitation to start thinking about composing melodies to existing texts, to translate famous songs into Yiddish in close collaboration with the Ot Azoy director Helen Beer.

Shura Lipovsky, Award winning singer/lyricist/composer, initiates this new academy to stimulate other performers, writers and composers to create a new body of yiddish song repertoire, to contribute to a renewal and a continuation of a thriving yiddish culture.

  • Scholarships: If you are a current student and would like a scholarship to support your application fees we are able to offer you a reduction.

  • Technical Scholarships: We have 4 places available for students who are technically proficient and would like to assist the tutors. This is limited to one in each level, so please be in touch with the JMI team about this after you have registered and we can discuss this further and arrange your registration.

  • Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact JMI team for extra information about the course.

Full rate £250
Student / Senior rate £150
Senior rate is set at 65+
Scholarship rate / Technical Scholarships please contact the team.

Refund policy:
10% if cancelled before 1 March
25% if cancelled after 1 April


Sunday 3rd April 2022
Thursday 7th April 2022
£80.00 – £250.00