Beth El Temple Music

Cantor Joseph Ness


Master of Sacred Music; College of Jewish Music, JTS, New York, NY

Diploma of Hazzan; H.L. Miller Cantorial School, JTS, New York, NY

Master of Music, Composition; Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY

Bachelor of Music, Composition Major; Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY


Moshe Nathanson Award for excellence in conducting

2010 The Solomon Schechter Gold & Silver Awards for Excellence in Arts, National Award, 2004-2009

Meet The Composer Grant, (multiple years)

The Vermont Composers Conference Award, 1979-1980


2012 Park Avenue Synagogue Arranger for NEW CD “Ahavat Olam: Jewish Romantic Music”, Singers Cantors Azi Schwartz/Shiree

2011  Weill Recital Hall Read more:

2011 Meditational music for Kol Nidre for acappella choir; Composer

2010 Evening Service for women’s choir at the Annual Cantors Assembly in Toronto, Canada; Composer & Conductor

2010 PrayerBook, a piece for orchestra and speaker based on a story by Martin Buber, Composer & Conductor

2009 100 Voices: A Journey Home, a musical documentary reuniting Jewish and Polish cultures for the first time since WW2 through cantorial music, produced by NCM Fathom, Mod Three Productions and Machine Management In Association with the Milken Archive of Jewish Music; Arranger | Conductor

2009 Warsaw Opera Orchestra at the Opera House, concert of cantorial and religious music, Orchestrator & Conductor

2008 Jonah – a cantata for solo baritone and choir, performed in collaboration with Aviva Zorenberg; Composer & Conductor

2008 Music of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) with Leonard Nimoy, Rhode Island Symphony and chorus, Composer, Conductor & Orchestrator

2006 Sarah & Hagar at University of Hartford with orchestra and choir; Composer & Conductor

2005 The Akedah (The Story of Abraham and Isaac) oratorio with multimedia; Composer & Conductor

2004 Jacobs Ladder, oratorio with multimedia; Composer & Conductor 2003 Concert to Raise Funds fo rSchool for the Deaf in Ranaana, Ranaana Symphony;

2003 Gala 50th Anniversary Concert ACC/GTM Jubilee Convention; Arranger & Orchestrator

2003 Milkin Concert at Lincoln Center of the Jewish Experience; Choral Director & Conductor

2002 Chevy Chase Village Commission Chamber Orchestra Concert with members of the Baltimore Opera and National Symphony; Conductor

2000 Rabbi, Cantor and Educator Convention,Washington D.C.; Arranger & Orchestrator

1998 Israel 50th Anniversary Concert, Rhode Island Philharmonic; Composer & Arranger

1997 Soul o fAshkenaz, Alice Tully Hall Center; Choral Director

1995 Vanished Voices, A Lost World of European Jewry Remembered and Renewed’; Orchestrator, Arranger & Composer

1990 Voice of Jewish Russia, Royal Festival Hall – London; Orchestrator, Arranger & Compose