Tizmoret is in its seventeenth year as Queens College Hillel’s professional Jewish a cappella group. Tizmoret draws singers from colleges throughout New York City 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 six CDs, with their most recent release, “Start Listening,” receiving critical acclaim in contemporary Jewish and secular a cappella circles. Also, the track “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” from their most recent album was nominated for best arrangement at the CARAs.
Tizmoret has performed for college campuses, countless b’nei-mitzvah and synagogues, and various music festivals across the Eastern United States. They recently toured the east coast, won the 5th annual Long Island College A Cappella Challenge, won Kol HaOlam, the first National College Jewish A Cappella Competition, and performed in Italy at a New Year’s party!
Our A Cappella Director: Daniel Henkin
For over twenty 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 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. He is currently working towards a Doctorate from Columbia University’s Teachers College in Music Education with a specialty in the college teaching 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.
Nurita Abramowitz, is a third-year smokin’ soprano from Brooklyn, whose trills will give you chills! Before joining Tizmoret, she had the privilege of working with Sir Daniel Henkin throughout her high school years in Chamber Choir at Yeshivah of Flatbush. Some of her favorite musical artists include Alicia Keys, Guns ‘n Roses, and Evanescence.
Erica Davis is a sophomore at Queens College studying Political Science and Psychology, and minoring in Business and Liberal Arts. This sultry Soprano hails from Roslyn and is a long time nerd who took her love of model congress and turned it into becoming the President of the Political Science Club on campus. When she’s not planning the next club debate, Erica can be found singing and dancing (badly) around her dorm room, incessantly updating her tumblr, finishing her ninth cup of coffee, or walking into inanimate objects. She loves puppies, grammatical correctness and talking. So if you see this bubbly brunette/blonde hybrid, please don’t hesitate to say hello!
Tali Rainess is absolutely giddy about being a returning soprano to Tizmoret. Currently in her 4th year at the Aaron Copland School of Music, she plans to pursue her master’s degree in music therapy in the near future. When not singing, Tali can be found listening to Ingrid Michaelson, playing with kittens or watching Disney movies.
Yael Cederbaum proves it’s never too late to be awesome at life by joining Tizmoret as one of the group’s newest sopranos in her final semester at Queens College. After cramming a major in psychology and minor in music into two and a half years along with two part-time jobs, she is finally able to enjoy her passion of singing and breathe at the same time. Not that drowning in work ever stops her from keeping up, thanks to that killer musical ear. Though she’s rarely anywhere else, when not in work, class, or rehearsals, Yael can be found watching Tangled 85 billion times over in a day, at the piano, or at a Shinedown/Halestorm/A7X concert rocking out getting her hair in everyone’s faces. She also thinks deep-fried oreos are the bomb diggidy.
Leora Graber, returning for her second year with Tizmoret, is an amazing, angelical, ambitious, abstract, admirable, adroit, and sometimes even aerial alto! Leora is a sophomore at Queens College, studying Psychology with a minor in Dance. Leora has always loved singing, dancing, and acting and she continues to bring that love with her to Tizmoret. As graceful as she usually is, however, even after 12 years of classical ballet lessons, Leora still manages to be a klutz, along with getting easily scared by the shiny side of aluminum foil, revolving doors, and grass. Outside of Tizmoret, Leora will be found doing pretty much the same thing as while she’s with Tizmoret: singing…and annoying the heck out of everyone whom she knows and loves in the process.
Darya Rubenstein, a proud Torontonian, is a Pre-Health Senior at Queens College majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Theatre Studies. Darya lends not only her impressive vocals but her expert fashion sense and killer dance moves to Tizmoret. Now in her fourth year with the group she is ready to step up to the plate and take on the role of President (or Prime Minister in her country). When not singing with Tizmoret, Darya can be found wandering around Central America, training rats, building igloos, or reading memoirs. Go Team T!!
Gabrielle, Gabs, or Gabby Reich, whatever you prefer to call her-is one of the newest members of Tizmoret. She’s loved singing since her first grade “Apples & Bananas” debut, and has been harmonizing with every melody ever since. Singing one solo after another all through elementary and high school, and getting the Lead in the play at Camp Lavi, Gabrielle has always had a passion for performing. When she’s not belting those notes, she can be found at her latest talk show internship, cooking, instagramming, or completing her third year at Brooklyn College.This first- year Alto is so excited to be a part of the Tizmo Fam.
Aliza Lieb, is one of the newest (and most petite) members of the Tizmoret mishpacha. Technically, a super-senior at CUNY Hunter College, she is writing a thesis paper on parent-child communication in order to FINALLY graduate with honors in psychology. She wants to go to graduate school eventually to be a counselor or therapist. In the meantime, she works part-time for the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence facilitating workshops throughout NYC on healthy relationships, domestic violence, and dating violence. Her favorite pastimes include laughing so hard her stomach hurts, reading on the subway, listening to peoples’ life stories, writing creatively, dancing Zumba, dancing in general, hanging out with her friends, hanging out with her obese cat Cricket, and singing loudly when home alone. Aliza comes from a long line of ridiculously short people who mostly kept marrying other shorties; so it was never her fault she turned out to be almost, but not quite, small enough to be legally categorized as a dwarf. Thus people often tell Aliza she looks 5 years younger than she really is, which at the age of 23 can be a great annoyance, but the same people then say she’ll be grateful once she’s really old. Probably the most important thing to know about her is that she detests onions.
Sweet and smooth, like silk, the alluring voice of Nathaniel Ribner has been the object of much speculation amongst scholars. Anthropologists suggest that the alluring undulations of his tenor voice can be traced back to the musical bards of Grecian Aristocracy. It was they who served as the inspiration for Homer’s mythical creatures, the Sirens, from whose voices no mortal could escape enchantment. Is Nathaniel a descendent of these Bards? Or was Homer’s writing more than just fiction? Until this mystery is resolved, doctors recommend that it is safest to hear Nathaniel (who is also the Musical Director of the Y-Studs) sing amidst the singers Tizmoret. These singers, while surely not demigods, are heroic mortals powerful enough to keep Nathaniel’s alleged enchantment safely at bay… Also, Jesse Shore wrote this bio.
Jacob (yy, Kobib33f) Spadaro, a Queens College student, is a returning member of Tizmoret. This Tenor, reigning from Dix Hills Long Island, brings his many years of performance experience, chili making skillz, and enthusiasm to Team T! (Mostly resulting from his parents DJ Company forcing him to become singing monkey from the womb). When not at Tizmoret, Jacob can be found eating, practicing Opera arias, eating, opening sunflower seeds with his teeth and collecting the nuts in his cheek pockets, eating, playing gigs, eating, working in the studio, eating, watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie on repeat or jamming on as many instruments as possible. While eating. Oh, and he likes yogurt.
David Timman, known by Lambchop or Badger by his friends is Team T’s newest tenor. A first year freshy at Queens college, Timmy hails from good ol’ Yonkers, NY and commutes there daily in his thunderbolt yellow Rolls Royce. David has been on the music scene since he was 10 when he was the star of his 5th grade school choir, and often guest-stars at his mother’s synagogue across the river in Montclair, NJ. As if that wasn’t enough, Dave also sings and bromances with the Aaron Copeland School of Music’s all male acapella group, the Rough Dozen. David looks forward to bringing his unique range and electrifying personality to Tizmoret this year as wel as sporting the best costume at comic-con. Oh wait…he already did that one.
Rafi Laury, a Queens college student majoring in large field of undecided, brings his melodic bass notes to Tizmoret from Scranton, PA. He has performed with several choral groups prior to joining Tizmoret, including his high school choir and the Camp Nesher choir, and he dabbles in several instruments. When not singing with Tizmoret, Rafi – more commonly known as Darius – travels the world to go fly-fishing and take photographs, in as many locations as possible. If you’re looking to run away to Bora Bora, let him know.
Jonathan (some people call him Maurice) is five year veteran of the Daniel Henkin School of a Cappella Singing. A sophomore at Macaulay Queens, he is majoring in Math and Corporate Finance. While this is Jonathan’s second year in Tizmoret, it is his first year singing bass and his fourth year watching Breaking Bad. No but seriously – that show is crazy good. Also, Jon’s favorite movie is Grease.
Cory Hecht (Bass/beatbox) is a junior at Queens College but in his first year at the Aaron Copland School of Music as a vocal music education major. 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. His achievements in life include singing for the Israeli consul by invitation for Israel’s 60th birthday, finding his true calling, and fighting off a man-eating lion (okay maybe not the last one). Cory is a member of CASA (Contemporary A Capella Society of America), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), and NAfME (National Association for Music Educators).
Eitan Rubin or formerly known to many as, ‘J-money’, has arrived to the Tizmoret crew. Attending Kushner Yeshiva High school and just getting back from a year at Eretz Hatzvi, Eitan discovered his love for singing in the comfort of his shower. Though he does come from a long lineage of talented singers, Eitan has always been a music lover. He started from teaching himself how to play guitar (lefty at that) to joining an awesome band, all in under 4 years time. While he is not listening, playing or singing music Eitan can be found selling pickles, taking pictures, socializing with girls, watching breaking bad…the list can go on. Eitan cannot wait to add Tizmoret to his list.