About Us

Tizmoret is in its 21st year as Queens College Hillel’s professional Jewish a cappella group. Tizmoret draws singers from colleges throughout the New York City area and has taken Jewish collegiate a cappella to the next level, performing classic Jewish melodies, American pop music and contemporary Israeli tunes. They have produced seven CDs, as well as two EPs. Tizmoret has performed for college campuses, countless b’nei-mitzvah and synagogues, and various music festivals across the Eastern United States. They have performed in Merkin Hall and Symphony Space, won the 5th annual Long Island College A Cappella Challenge in 2010, annually tour the east coast and beyond, performed in Italy at a New Year’s party, performed at the annual White House Hanukkah party in 2014, won Kol HaOlam (the National Jewish Collegiate A Cappella Competition) in 2011, 2012, and 2015, AND are up-and-coming competitors in the 2017 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA)!

Director: Daniel Henkin

For over twenty five years, Daniel Henkin has conducted Jewish and secular choirs for children, teenagers, and adults, and has produced more than a dozen albums of Jewish and secular choral music. He has directed ensembles at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Merkin Halls. As an arranger and conductor, Daniel has helped pioneer the contemporary Jewish a cappella movement today. His choral arrangements are performed by ensembles throughout North America and Israel, and have shaped the sound and style of this generation’s Jewish a cappella choirs. Daniel Henkin received his BA in Music and Philosophy from Columbia University, and his Masters degree in Music Composition from Indiana University’s School of Music. Daniel is Director of Music at the Ramaz Upper School in Manhattan. He has taught music at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union and at the Yeshivah of Flatbush. He also is one of three recipients of the Covenant Award for 2016! More details here: http://www.covenantfn.org/news/three-jewish-educators-leaders-of-innovation-and-impact-in-the-field-receive-the-2016-covenant-award/

Presidents: Cory Hecht and Brittney Warner

Cory and Brittney, both originally from Plainview, New York, are the presidents of Tizmoret for the 2016-2017 school year. They each have a cappella experience beyond Tizmoret to bring to the table, including prior leadership positions in other a cappella groups. Together with Daniel Henkin, they make a powerful leadership team with well over 35 years of combined a cappella experience.

Sopranos

Amanda Cinnamon

Amanda Cinnamon has had two passions for most of her life: education and music. She combined these by majoring in education at Stern College for Women and being a member of and eventually directing Stern's a cappella group, the B'notes. She also loves to dance (in virtually any style!) and would be perfectly happy to survive solely on pasta. Forever. She is so excited to continue with Tizmoret as a soprano!

Brittney Warner

Brittney Warner (President) is a senior at Queens College studying Biology. Before joining Tizmoret, Brittney managed the a cappella groups Chock Full of Notes and Noteworthy at Plainview Old-Bethpage JFKHS. Brittney has many nicknames in the group, the most notable being Berkie. When she's not singing, you can find her in the library. She is excited to continue pursuing her a cappella passion throughout college and beyond!

Rebecca Robin

Rebecca Robin is a student at Stern College for Women and is Tizmoret's newest soprano!

Thalia Sharon

Thalia Sharon is a junior at New York University. She attended Ramaz Upper School and spent a year in Israel and around the world on Kivunim. Thalia served as president of the Ramaz Chamber Choir and is excited to continue her a cappella career with Tizmoret!!

Altos

Esti Mellul

Esti Mellul is studying to receive her MA in Communication at Rutgers University. Esti also teaches theater at Black Box Studios, started the theater group Shem Productions at Rutgers, is an alumnus of Kol Halayla (Rutgers Premier Jewish A Capella Group), writes and sings her own music and has won 5 hotdog eating competitions in 2016 alone. (4 out of 5 of those are true, you can choose your favorite.) Esti is excited to continue her a cappella career in Tizmoret!

Maddy Rosenbaum

Ever since Maddy Rosenbaum was a little girl music has always been her passion. Maddy spent a year in Israel volunteering and studying at Machon Maayan, but is currently a student at Stern College for Women studying Speech Pathology. During her free time she enjoys exploring NYC, zumba, eating Chobani and Snapchatting. Maddy co-directed a high school a cappella group her senior year and is eager to continue her a cappella career with her Tiz family!

Nicole Zweiter

Whether it’s belting into her shower faucet or rocking out in her car, Nicole Zweiter is happiest when she is singing her heart out. She has lent her talents to the Frisch School Choir and Medley, HaZamir, as well as Camp Morasha harmonies for the past four summers. She is so excited to bring her hairbrush karaoke skills and experience to Tizmoret, and she is looking forward to learning from her fellow a-ca-people. Nicole is also a sophomore at Queens College, has a love of pizza and pillow pets, an irrational fear of haircuts, and can quote the entirety of Pitch Perfect.

Tamara Heller

Tamara Heller is a sophomore at Queens College. When she's not singing, you may find her working on her newest art project (she designed our album "Score" if that's any indication). No, she is not related to our tenor, Simcha.

Tenors

Azriel Zylberberg

Azriel Zylberberg is a sophomore at Brooklyn College, and is one of Tizmoret's veteran tenors!

Bentzion Goldman

Bentzion Goldman is a student at Parsons School of Design and is Tizmoret's newest tenor!

Simcha Schoenbrun

Simcha Schoenbrun, after returning to QC from an epic quest, decided that since he loves singing so much, he would take a shot at joining Tizmoret as a tenor. Successful in completing this endeavor, he is now able to check this off his list and move on to far less pressing matters, like taking over the world or learning to move objects with his mind. A natural redhead, Simcha is a Scorpio, loves his bourbon neat, and sometimes walks with a cane for funsies.

Basses

Aaron Kohl

Aaron Kohl is BACK! He was in Tizmoret for a short time just a few years ago, but he is back and ready for full-time action as one of Tizmoret's new basses.

Cory Hecht

Cory Hecht (President/Webmaster /Bass/Vocal Perussion) is a senior studying vocal music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Prior to Tizmoret, he was a member of the B Sharps and Chock Full of Notes, both at Plainview Old-Bethpage JFKHS, and he founded and was the president of Stay Tuned at SUNY Potsdam. Some of his achievements outside of Tizmoret include singing for the Israeli consul by invitation for Israel’s 60th birthday, performing at Carnegie Hall, creating/maintaining multiple websites (including this one), performing with Josh Groban at Nikon Jones Beach Theater and PNC Arts Center in New Jersey, and competing in the 2016 American Beatbox Championships. Cory is a member of CASA (Contemporary A Capella Society of America), AEA (A cappella Educators Association), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), and NAfME (National Association for Music Educators). For more information please visit www.CoryHecht.com.

Gedalia Penner

When Gedalia Penner is not harmonizing with the trains in Washington Heights or the refrigerators in Target, he can usually be found asleep or otherwise unconscious. He is a junior at Yeshiva University studying Music and Sociology, and loves arranging and composing when he has time (he doesn’t). Singing and music have always been his passions, and he is honored and excited to bring his voice to the illustrious Tizmoret sound.

Jeremy Gruen

Jeremy Gruen, a freshman at Baruch College, is no longer "that kid who sings with Tizmoret but isn't actually in the group". He's going to have a difficult time adjusting from "Mr. Henkin" to "Daniel" but he has faith in himself. He's known as the bass-boxer who is Nathaniel Ribner, just five years later. He's looking forward to making some awesome music with some awesome people.

Yoni Gelfand

Yoni Gelfand is a sophomore at Baruch College. He auditioned for Tizmoret, not realizing how drastically it would alter his life once accepted. He does still sing in the shower, though.