Founding Artistic Director of The Israel Pops Orchestra, and the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, Michael Isaacson enjoys a distinguished career as a composer, conductor, producer, author, and educator with over 600 Jewish and secular musical compositions published, including instrumental, vocal, sacred and secular arrangements, editions and educational works, the three volume, 750 hundred page Michael Isaacson Songbook, and over 50 produced CDs and album recordings. The American Society of Jewish Music, Hebrew Union College, and the Jewish Theological Seminary honored him as one of the ten most influential living composers of Jewish music. On the faculty of AJR/LA and a frequent guest lecturer in Jewish Studies on University campuses, he has also authored Jewish Music as Midrash: What Makes Music Jewish? Now in its third edition , it is available from michaelisaacson.com. The audio- book version is available on Oysongs.com
Born in Brooklyn, New York, April 22, 1946, he received his early education at Yeshiva Rambam, James Madison & Sheepshead Bay High Schools. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Hunter College, a Master of Arts in Music Composition with Robert Starer from Brooklyn College, keyboard studies at the Juilliard School with John Mehegan, ethnomusicology with Israel Adler and Amnon Shiloach at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he went on to study with Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, and Rayburn Wright at the Eastman School of Music ultimately earning his Ph.D. there in Composition. He later studied with Lehman Engel in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.
In 1973 Dr. Isaacson taught theory, composition, orchestration and conducted the Festival Chorus at SUNY Fredonia. In 1974 he was simultaneously appointed instructor at Case Western, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Music Director of Tifereth Israel Temple in Cleveland, Ohio. There, at the request of Rabbi Daniel Silver, son of Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, Isaacson composed new music each week for an alternative woodwind quintet and choir morning worship service exploring new modes of contemporary synagogue prayer and co-produced the Temple’s first album of Jewish music The Loom and the Cloth. He met and married educator Susan Weisblatt and in 1976 moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music for the media.
In Los Angeles, from 1976-1990, while holding adjunct faculty positions at Loyola Marymount, Cal State-Long Beach, UCLA, AJR-LA, and Hebrew Union College, Dr. Isaacson composed and conducted original scores and arranged for many well known television series including The Bob Hope Show, John Williams & The Boston Pops with Joan Baez, Rich Man, Poor Man II, Little Women, Bionic Woman, Hawaii Five-0, Time Travelers, and the daytime dramas Loving and Days of Our Lives. His music has also been heard on The Nanny, Curb Your Enthusiasm, feature films The Passover Plot and Liberty Heights. As an arranger, orchestrator and conductor for feature films, he has had the pleasure of assisting composers John Williams, Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Walter Scharf, and Charles Fox.
Dr. Isaacson has conducted, toured and produced new recordings of symphonic music with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tel Aviv Symphony, the Munich Philharmonic, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony and Chorus, the Bulgarian National Symphony, the Czech Chamber Orchestra and the Israel String Quartet. His recordings with The Hollywood Pops, which he also musically directs, may be heard on the Sony label.
Music albums composed, orchestrated and/or conducted for the Los Angeles Jewish community include: Regeneration and Legacy with Cantor Nathan Lam at Stephen S. Wise Temple, Guardians of the Heart, Hope For the Future and Kol Truah with Cantor Jay Frailich at University Synagogue, From Sinai to Sinai with Cantor Meir Finklestein at Sinai Temple, and Windows; The Songs of Rabbi Moshe Rothblum with Cantor David Silverstein, of Temple Adat Ariel and a healing album with Roslyn Kind. He produced the first collection for the new Jewish Music Group CD label American Jewish Summer, and Cantor Marcus Feldman, Music of the High Holidays.
When Hebrew Union College awarded Prime Minister of Israel Yitzchak Shamir an honorary doctorate in November 1991, Dr. Isaacson was selected as music director for the convocation and commissioned to compose a large musical work in Prime Minister Shamir’s honor. The resulting dramatic work for men, and children’s voices, brass and percussion is entitled Psalms for a Leader.
From 1990 - 1993, Dr. Isaacson served as Founding Artistic Director of the Milken Archive of 20th Century American Jewish Music. In this capacity, he conceived, and structured the original concept for the Archive and conducted, and/or produced 14 CDs of newly recorded music masterworks of the late nineteenth and twentieth century American Jewish community. Now, with over 80 CDs completed, The Milken Archive is the most extensive recorded documentation of a Jewish musical period ever created.
1994 - 1996 Isaacson produced the exhibition film music with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center which opened in 1996. Produced double CD set for Arabesque Recordings of two operas and choral music composed & performed during the Holocaust in Terezin, completed a CD of his music, Made In America, performed by Cantor Faith (Gurney) Steinsnyder. Composed and premiered his cantata: To Celebrate a Miracle: Images of Jerusalem, libretto by Samuel Rosenbaum, narrated by Tovah Feldshuh and sung by the University of Miami Chorus at the opening night of the International Hadassah Convention, and taught a new course in Composing Music for Worship at the University of Judaism.
1997 - Completion of the entire symphonic music for 18 films and permanent exhibitions at New York’s new Museum of the Jewish Heritage recorded by the Israel Philharmonic. The new museum built in Battery Park overlooking the Statue of Liberty, opened in 1997. Produced Ten Lessons in Jewish Music Composition, a five-hour recorded course distributed by TARA Music for the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles. Israel Pops arrangements performed by the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Memphis, and L.A. orchestras/choruses
1998 - Weekend scholar-in-residencies at temples, conducted concerts with the music of The Israel Pops in Florida, completed composition and produced accompaniment CD of L’Maaseih V’reisheet - To Recreate the World - A one hour children’s Sabbath Eve service for the new century, co-commissioned by forty-three congregations across America and Canada and premiered simultaneously by them on Shabbat Shirah, January 21, 2000. Produced King Sings Isaacson, a CD of twenty compositions recorded at Gindi Hall of the University of Judaism by Hazzan Thom King of Baltimore accompanied by Joseph Abell, taught Ten Lessons in Composing Jewish Music at University of Judaism. Performances of his works in Montreal, Memphis, the new L.A. Getty museum and Santa Barbara, production of Drivetime Judaism’s Sparks of Light, An introduction to Kabbalah taught by Rabbi Steve Robbins.
1999 January 29-31 Atlanta Isaacson Music Festival, Nishmat Chayim, premiere Shabbat Prelude for Winds, February: 2/7- Pasadena Temple Lecture, 2/12-Valley Beth Shalom Shir Ari, Production of choral version of To Recreate The World, Production of Drive-time Judaism’s The Time of Your Life and Out of the Rabbi’s Hat featuring Rabbi Ed Feinstein, 4/20/ Santa Barbara, Congregation B’nei Brith Scholar in Residence, 6/13 Dayton, Ohio – conducted the Kettering Children’s Choir and recorded his Yizkor for the Children of the Holocaust with them. 8/1/ Produced CD of Aminadav Aloni’s synagogue music, September 3 - 5 conducted the Bulgarian National Symphony in Sophia.
2000 On January 21, 43 co-commissioning congregations in U.S. and Canada perform Isaacson’s sacred service for children L’maaseih V’reisheet – To Recreate the World. He completes Havdalah Suite for Temple Emanuel in San Francisco. In the spring both the Cantors Assembly Convention in Detroit and the American Conference of Cantors Convention in Los Angeles present L’maaseih V’reisheet – To Recreate the World with concerted children’s choirs from across America and Canada. Hazzan, Hazzan composed and recorded in honor of Jay Frailich, TMP Publication of Seder Songs, More Than Enough (A Chanukah Song), produced Kol Simcha, and a CD of Isaacson’s wedding music. Shehechiyanu composed for Walter Scharf’s 90th birthday, There Are Stars in memory of Rachel Simon, first six Jewish folksong arrangements to inaugurate The Michael Isaacson Folk Music Choral Series by Transcontinental Music Publications. Musaf K’dusha commissioned by The Cantors Assembly, V’higad’ta L’vinchem for UAHC Open Door Haggadah, Ut’shuvah and Listen to My Heart’s Song commissioned by Rabbi Harold Schulweis for Valley Beth Shalom Temple, Encino.
2001 Composed Ben Shahn Suite for Piano, A Little Past the Middle musical, recorded Havdalah Suite, ten choral arrangements for The Michael Isaacson Folk Music Series, produced LIBI B’MAARAV, composed & recorded Yih’yeh B’seder and We’ll Still Sing America, composed a musical exploring the giving of the Ten Commandments: A Covenant of Wonders with a libretto by Marcia Hain Engle , organized fifty songs for the Michael Isaacson Songbook Vol. I. supervised post production of In Good Company CD; Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale’s recorded performance of Robert Strassburg, and Dr. Isaacson’s choral music.
2002 Completed composition and produced recording of A Covenant of Wonders. Guest edited and contributed articles to the winter ’02 Journal of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Conducted American 20th century and Israel Pops music with the Florida Philharmonic, lectured at the first Nowakowsky Choral Festival in Los Angeles, arranged five Hassidic choral arrangements for the M.I. Folk Music series, composed After Seder Songs, and A New Moon (Birchat Hachodesh), produced The Michael Isaacson Songbook Volume I companion CD, composed new songs with Doug Thiele for Roslyn Kind: The Promise of Time CD which he also co-arranged and produced.
2003 Presented The Michael Isaacson Songbook Concert in San Pedro, CA with The Isaacson Singers and Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Roslyn Kind debuted Promise of Time CD at Cedars Sinai Board of Governors celebration, works performed at ACC/GTM regional in Santa Barbara, Covenant of Wonders premiered in St. Paul Minnesota on June 5th, Shavuot, composed twenty-eight new songs for a musical adaptation of two Hans Christian Andersen stories The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling collectively called Two Hans Please!, five new English adaptations and choral arrangements for the Michael Isaacson Jewish Folk Music Choral Series, Psalm 130 for conductor Paul Salamunovich, Welcoming Our Daughters for Rabbi Morley and Margarete Feinstein, Heiveinu Shalom Aleichem for Rabbi Jim Kaufman, presenter and panelist with Debby Friedman at Only In America Milken Archive symposium at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC. Los Angeles Jewish Music Commission to compose Aliyah for Bb Clarinet and String Quartet, recipient of an IAJM recording grant to record his three sacred services.
2004 Composer-in-residence at Temple Israel, Westport and HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music, NYC, recording of double CD Three Sacred Services and a Suite for the Sabbath in Prague, production of Michael Isaacson Songbook Volume II CD, 36 songs composed for new Shir Chadash Haggadah, Nigunim for Transcontinental, We Remember Them, and Build Me A Sanctuary for University Synagogue, Baruch Sheamar and V’atem Hadveikim for Cantor Linda Kates, L.A. Interfaith Symposium on Psalms panelist. Appointed Visiting Professor of Jewish Music Liturgy at Hebrew Union College in LA where he created and taught two courses, The Balanced Bimah for student rabbis and Temple Musicianship for cantorial soloists.
2005 Composed and recorded Renewal Suite for University Synagogue and conducted 5th Anniversary Alumni performance of To Recreate the World there. Produced, mastered and wrote CD Notes for American Jewish Summer CD for JMG records, composed Halleluyah for Women’s Chorus, artist-in-residence-Omaha Nebraska, and Pensacola, Florida, The Covenant with lyric by Marcia Hain Engle for Morgan Fein, An American Hallel for large chorus, Five Angels for harpist Gayle Levant, Berlin ’05 for French Hornist Jennifer Kessler, Avinu Malkeinu Orchestral Prelude for University Synagogue, Pitchu Li for Hallel, Tavoh for Temple Aliyah, L.A., A Jewish Musical Calendar (A piano suite of holiday songs) for TMP, Marvelous in Our Eyes (Psalm 118) for Temple Ner Tamid of Glen Cove’s 50th Anniversary, The Shul in My Right Mind for clarinet and string quartet for L.A. Jewish Music Commission and produced A Little Jewish Night Music concert for them. Circles, a wedding song for Cantor Donna Gold’s daughter’s wedding, Dear and Treasured Child with lyric by M.H. Engle for the Turkat family, Encino Frailich for Zonovy Goro.
2006 Ashirah Vaazamrah for the ACC/GTM Israel Convention 6/29, taught at the ACC/GTM Western Regional in Redondo Beach, CA, and at the College of Judea and Sumaria in Ariel, Israel. Our Song of Songs for wedding of Lonee & Michael Gantman, article in Journal of Synagogue Music, choral arrangements of Ocho Candelikas, Sha Shtil and Siete Dias (Ladino Holocaust song) for M.I. Folk Music Choral Series at TMP, Eitz Chayim for Temple Keneseth Israel, produced and conducted recording of Stephen Richard’s Ballad of Ruth with the Israel Philharmonic, and M.I.’s The Shul in My Right Mind with clarinetist Ron Selka and The Israel String Quartet. Taught Jewish Music as Midrash course for the University Synagogue Midrasha, composed A Greater Miracle – a Chanukah SATB , In Our Hearts It’s Chanukah, and How Do You Spell Chanukah? SATB. In November the American Society for Jewish Music, Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary honored Dr. Isaacson as one of ten of the most influential American Jewish composers living today. He was joined by Samuel Adler, (whom Isaacson studied composition with at the Eastman School), and the Pulitzer Prize winning composer Yehudi Wyner. The seven other composers included Jack Gottlieb (former assistant to Leonard Bernstein), Dallas composer Simon Sargon, Gershon Kingsley (pioneering composer employing the first Moog synthesizer), Canadian composer Ben Steinberg, Israeli trained Bonia Shur, and cantors Stephen Richards and Charles Davidson. The exhibit entitled “Reclaiming American Judaism’s Lost Legacy” began with a keynote address delivered by Dr. Isaacson and was followed by related symposia, master classes and performances featuring the composers' music at the two colleges, Temple Emanu-El and Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City.
2007 Hear a Small Voice Whispering, a Bat Mitzvah Song for Emily Plutsky, lyric by M.H. Engle, Mayn Rue Platz, and Dem Milner’s Trern arranged for the M.I. Folk Music Choral Series at Transcontinental Music, Let Us Honor the Generations for the new Mishkan T’filah prayerbook, composed the three movement Klezmer Suite for clarinet, violin and piano for Zinovy Goro, presented six new choral works at the Choral Taste of L.A. sponsored by the NACM, set Debbie Perlman’s poem One as Because I Know You Will Hear Me – A Soldier’s Prayer for his son, Flight Surgeon Lt. Ari Isaacson serving in Iraq. In February, Dr. Isaacson joined authors Maya Angelou,SalmonRushdie, and Astronaut Sally Ride as a Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar at RollinsCollege in Winter Park,Florida.Dr. Isaacsongave a lecture entitled: Jewish Music as Midrash illustrating his observations with his own compositions, setting of V’sham’ru/When you Keep the Sabbath commissioned by Temple Ner Tamid in Henderson, Nevada, April premiere, Five Snaphots of Friends for piano, Men Like That and How Dare He! for a new musical “ Willie and Winnie” lyrics by Pamela Phillips Oland, original lyrics to Jeffrey Silverman’s music for a new musical Waitin’ for the Rebbe. Kol Chatan V’Kol Kallah, a wedding service and Under the Canopy - lyric by M.H. Engle, a wedding song for the marriage of Amy Willensky to Andy Isaacson in June 2008, Water from A Stone a solo Piano Suite commissioned by pianist Andrea Anderson for an April ‘08 L.A. Cathedral concert, cantor and choral setting of Hashkiveinu for Cantor Jay Frailich, University Synagogue, Prayer for Israel – SATB and Solo for Transcontinental Music, The Gift of Love Lutheran Mass in honor of Kathryn Skatula and Ali Olmo, for Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Santa Monica, CA.
2008 Lecture/book signings in Southern Florida, Raleigh, Durham, University Synagogue, Temple Israel, Workman Circle, Temple Judea, Adat Shalom in L.A. March 2nd premiere Gift of Love Mass, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, March 9th premiere Five Angels, L.A. Interfaith Symposium, April 5th premier of Water From A Stone at L.A. Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, March-April taught JMAM course at Valley Beth Shalom Temple, Nightsong/Hashkiveinu for Cantor Marcus Feldman. June 22nd performance of Kol Chatan V’Kol Kallah Wedding service at son Andy and his bride Amy’s wedding, composed fifty double woodwind pieces for Trevco Music (see their website catalog) - Isaacson profiled the work of Cantor Faith Steinsnyder, Inon Zur and reviewed Lawrence Goldberg’s A Test of Faith for the Forward newspaper. M.I.’s book reviewed by pianist Jill Timmons for the Jewish Review. He consulted at Linfield College-Portland. Composed Fish, a duet suite for Viola and Piano for Jill Timmons, taught at Rochester, NY at Eastman School’s Institute of Musical Leadership, spoke at Temple B’rith Kodesh, composed Seven Deadly Sins for SATB Choir, Rediscover Sinai, a Bar Mitzvah song for Joseph Plutsky, Jewish Wedding Songs Suite and Motor On – A Duet for Bassoon and Vibraphone for Trevco, Annotated M.I. music program for WXEL, Palm Beach and spoke at Temple Sinai in Del Ray, FL, How Do You Spell Chanukah?,-The Hope/Hatikvah (SATB version), Prayer for the State of Israel and Chanukah Festival Overture was published by Transcontinental Music.
2009 Composed Quetzacotl Poem Chant for flute and eng. Hn. and La danse du Harem for heckelphone and crotales, and The Naked Truth for oboe and piano for Trevco, Yo Milt! For Milton Babbit’s 93rd birthday Taught Musicianship for Cantors at AJR-CA, Composed duet Teach My Lips A Blessing - Lamed et Siftotai for Cantors David Perper and Faith Steinsnyder, composed Ur’ei Vanim L’vanecha for Cantor Nathan Lam, spoke at Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom in Mahwah, New Jersey, prepared and edited third volume of the Michael Isaacson Songbook. Composed Sh’ma Koleinu for cantor and Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, both for SATB Choir. Premiered Seven Deadly Sins and An American Hallel with Maestro Tim Koch and the Carolina Master Chorale, Myrtle Beach SC, Laila Laila for M.I. Choral Folk Music series, produced JMAM/A Audio book for Oysongs.com, The Caravel String Quartet premiered The Shul in My Right Mind at MOBIA, Lincoln Center in NYC, composed A Presence of Its Own for University Synagogue’s Rededication.
2010 – Isaacson concert at Valley Beth Shalom w/ chorus and soloists, composed Kohelet for Carolina Master Chorale, Sonata for Piccolo and Piano for Patrick Healey and Brigitte Poulin, Crossing Echo Lake, and Triosity for Trevco, Pitch, Roll, and Yaw for William Jobert – Wright State Double Reed Festival, and Jewish Wedding Duet. Dr. Isaacson taught at first annual Max Helfman Institute at Brandeis/Bardin Campus of AJU and continued teaching at VBS monthly MHI composer workshops. Creates first Kathryn Skatula Musical Theatre Scholarship Competition in Santa Monica, CA, All Sacred Vows and Promises (English Kol Nidre) for solo, SATB, Cello, and Piano, for twelve congregations around the U.S., Defender of the Heart for cello and piano for Dr. Leslie Eber, and Nigun Shalom for cello and piano for Caroline Menipaz and Chagit Glaser’s Paris premiere. As part of the People of the Book series at University Synagogue, he spoke on “ The Michael Isaacson Songbook Volumes 1, 2, and 3 – My Leaves of Grass”, composes Kol Anot for Congregation Shir Hadash of Los Gatos, CA. and Chalutz Suite for the M.I. Folk Music Choral series at Transcontinental.
2011 - Composed and recorded T he Sacred Dream for the Turkat family, The Chalutz Suite for Womens’ Chorus, 2/11 Max Helfman Institure premieres at VBS Including Mi Chamocha composed for the occasion, On the Other Side of Daybreak, an interfaith Symposium solo, Lecture, master classes, and choral concert residency at Winter Park Institute, Rollins College, A Match Made in Heaven - French Horn and Bassoon Duet, Remember to Remember (Holocaust song), Pitch, Roll & Yaw for Wright State U., 14 new works for Trevco,, produced & directed documentary on “ Samuel Adler and the 7 th Army Symphony”, Hands in the Furrow for Cesar Chavez 50th Anniversary in 2012, Isaacson 65th Birthday lecture/concert in NYC 4/28, performances of music by Cantors Marcus Feldman, Lonee Frailich , Kol Kochvei Voker for Yossi Dresner and 60th anniversary of VBS Synagogue, Daniel Pearl Foundation Lecture/concert at University Synagogue, “Time Out” for Chanukah piano arrangements in odd meters, and Hassidic Halleluyah Duet for Cantors Nathan Lam and Marcus Feldman. His Music was featured at the Double Reed Festival at Wright State University.
2012-2014 - Composed four SATB Choral Suites: American Hallel (premiered by the Carolina Master Chorale narrated by Mitch Laurance and later on CD by Theodore Bikel), Seven Deadly Sins (Libretto by Nick Gordon), KOHELET - (English excerpts from Ecclesiastes), and The Last of Life for Which the First Was Made (commissioned by Maestro Tim Koch and the Carolina Master Chorale with poetry by Nick Gordon). Robert De Cormier conducting the Vermont choral ensemble COUNTERPOINT subsequently recorded the first three suites on CD. It is now available from ECM at michaelisaacson.com. During this period twenty-five songs were created for a new musical Miss Palm Springs with lyrics and book co-written with Gordon Goodman was also created and recorded, and work was begun on a second musical. Isaacson continued his ongoing creative association with double-reed publisher Trevor Cramer at Trevco Music having now composed over 100 chamber works for double reeds with accompaniment, and produced a second video interview with composer Samuel Adler (The first is now part of the permanent exhibition at the Kulturzentrum Goldener Engel - Regionalmuseum - Baumholder, Germany). He continues to compose, lecture, make guest appearances, write articles, teach composition privately, and administer both his sacred and secular catalogs. He also enjoys composing and recording songs for his two grand daughters Gracie and Maya Isaacson.
The Michael Isaacson Songbook Volumes I, II, and III are published by URJ/Transcontinental Music Press, NY
Jewish Music As Midrash: What Makes Music Jewish? is published by ECM Books (now in its 3rd printing). It is also available as an audio book spoken by Michael Isaacson from Oysongs.com
Is It a Sin to Whistle? Isaacson’s biographical anecdotes is awaiting publication
Awards Michael Isaacson is the recipient of grants, honors and awards from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Meet the Composer Inc., the Eastman School of Music, the Schubert Foundation, ASCAP, The International Archive of Jewish Music, the American Conference of Cantors, Hebrew Union College, Jewish Theological Seminary, American Society for Jewish Music, and the Cantors Assembly's highest tribute for lifetime achievement in synagogue music; The Kavod Award.
Dr. and Mrs. Isaacson have been married for 40 years and reside in Encino, CA. They have two married sons - Ari Joel Isaacson M.D., an interventional radiologist at UNC in Chapel Hill NC married to Lara and Andrew Jordan Isaacson, a Forward Deployed Engineer at Palantir Technologies in Palo Alto, CA married to Amy. Their first granddaughter Grace Austin Isaacson was born in 2011 to Ari and Lara, and their second granddaughter Maya Ruth Isaacson to Andy and Amy in 2012.
Publishers & Distributors - Abbreviations
ALRY - ALRY Publications, P.O. Box 3249 Seattle, WA 98114
ECM - Eggcream Music, 4841 Alonzo Ave., Encino, CA. 91316, (818) 343-6450
LG - Lawson Gould Music Publishers, Distributed by Alfred Music, Van Nuys, CA. (www.music44)
MAJM – Milken Archive of Jewish Music Download site http://www.milkenarchive.org/cds/cds.taf
M70 - Music 70, 170 N.E. 33rd St. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 33334
OySongs.com – A digital music down loading site, Joel Eglash, Director
SM - Southern Music Publications, San Antonio, Texas 78292
SBMP - Santa Barbara Music Publications - Lomida, Santa Barbara, CA
TARA - Tara Music - Velvel Pasternak, 8 Music Fair Road, Owings Mills, MD. 21117
TMP - Transcontinental Music Publications, 633 3rd Ave., N.Y.10017-6778 (800) 455-5223
TRV – Trevco Woodwind Music, P.O. Box 4,Tallevast, FL 34270 (941) 907-6944
VIV - Vivace Press, P.O. Box 157, Readfield, Wisconsin, 5496
Shabbat Sacred Services
TMP - Avodat Amamit - Folk service for voice & classical Guitar (w/chord symbols)
TMP - Hegyon LIbi - Solo voice, 2 part choir, organ & string quartet
ECM - L’Maasei V’reisheet – Cantor, children’s chorus accomp. with orchestral synthesis on CD.
TMP - Nishmat Chayim - Solo voice, 2 part choir, organ & woodwind quintet
TMP - Shir Ari - Solo voice, 2 part choir, organ & chamber orch.(w/ keyboard reduction)
ECM - Torah Service - For cantor, SATB choir & Organ
ECM - Havdalah Suite – For cantor, congregation, accompanied by flute, harp and cello.
TMP - Ahavat Yisrael - Cantor, 2 part treble choir w/ keyboard accomp.
TMP - Cradle of Fire - Arrangements of Holocaust songs for children’s choir and keyboard.
ECM - Hope For The Future - A cantata introducing the Prophets
TMP - Shirei Avot - A children’s cantata based on Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Ancestors)
Holiday Oratorios & Cantatas
ECM – An American Hallel - choral settings of Psalms 113 through 118 for SATB Chorus and piano.
ECM - A Covenant of Wonders – The giving and receiving of the Ten Commandments.
ECM - For Everything there is A Season --- A cantata for str. quintet, fl., harp & voices
ECM - Guardians of the Heart, Keepers of the Dream - A cantata for voice & instruments
ECM - Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) for A Capella SATB Chorus
TMP - Kol T'ruah - A shofar service for cantor, SATB choir, organ, & brass quintet
ECM - Light For The Heart's Dark Places - S’lichot meditation for narrator, voice & accomp
ECM - Shir Chadash Haggadah – 36 new musical settings of seder texts for group singing.
ECM - S'lichot - Full service for cantor, SATB choir, and chamber orchestra.
ECM - To Celebrate A Miracle: Images of Jerusalem - Hadassah/3000th Ann. Jerusalem
Life Cycle Music & Collections
TMP - The Michael Isaacson Songbook Vol. I - 50 liturgical, lifecycle, & educational songs w/CD
TMP - The Michael Isaacson Songbook Vol. II - 50 more songs w/guitar & keyboard accomp. & CD
TMP – The Michael Isaacson Songbook Vol. III – 60 more songs complete the trilogy
TMP - Seasons in Time Book I - Baby Naming, Bar & Bat Mitzvah, & Wedding music.
TMP - Seasons in Time Book II - Duets for life cycle & holidays
TMP - Seasons in Time Book III -Yizkor and memorial service music
ECM - A Good Year – Jewish Holiday songs for Unison Singing
ECM - Jewish Musical Calendar -A Suite of Holiday songs for elementary piano
TMP - The Michael Isaacson Folk Music Choral Series – Over twenty choral arrangements of Yiddish, Ladino, Hassidic & Israeli folk songs with original language and new English adaptations by Michael Isaacson.
TMP - Kol Sason - For voice, organ or harp, recorder, viola, and light percussion
ECM - Kol Simcha - For Voice, flute, clarinet, harp & cello
ECM - Kol Chatan V’Kol Kallah – Full service plus two wedding songs for woodwind quintet, Harpsichord and perc.
ALRY- Jewish Wedding Suite, A - Folksong arrangements for flute, violin & cello
The Sacred and Life Cycle Music of Michael N. Isaacson
INDIVIDUAL ALPHABETICAL LISTING
TMP - Acharei Moti - from Seasons in Time Book III
ECM - Adir Hu – from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ECM - Adon Olam – Concert setting for SATB Chorus with piano accompaniment
TMP - Adon Olam - from Hegyon Libi
ECM - Adon Olam - from To Recreate the World
ECM - Adonai, Adonai - from S’lichot
TMP - Adonai Mah Adam - from Seasons in Time Book III
TMP - Adoration - from Avodat Amamit
TMP - Adoration - from Hegyon Libi
TMP - After the Seder Songs satb choral suite of four Passover songs.
TMP - Ahavat Yisrael -Two part treble Yom Haatsmaut song; Lyric by Ofra Dor
TMP - Ahavat Olam - from Shir Ari
ECM - Ahavat Olam - from To Recreate the World
TMP - Ahavti Ki Yishma - Song setting from Hallel
ECM - Aleinu - from To Recreate the World
TMP - Aleinu - from Nishmat Chayim
TMP - Aleinu - from Shir Ari
ECM - Aliyot – from The Shul in My Right Mind for Bb Clarinet and String Quartet
TMP - Al Hanissim - Chanukah round from Seasons in Time II
ECM - Aliyah – Quintet for Bb Clarinet and String Quartet (also available for String Orchestra)
TMP - Al Tistakeil B’kankan - from Shirei Avot
ECM - All Sacred Vows and Promises (English adaptation of Kol Nidre) for solo, SATB, Cello, & pno.
ECM - Ana Adonai Hoshiah Na - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
TMP - Ani Chinor L’Shirayich - A wedding song for high voice and harp
TMP - Ani Maamin - Arrangement of Holocaust song from Cradle of Fire
ECM - Asei L’cha Rav- from Pirkei Avot
ECM - Ashirah, Vaazam’rah (I’ll Sing with all my Soul) solo & SATB versions of a midrashic saying
TMP - Ashreinu –High Holiday congregational setting with keyboard accompaniment
ECM - Aspects of a Great Miracle - A suite of four Chanukah songs acc. by brass & perc.
ECM - Avadim Hayinu - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
TMP - Avinu Malkenu - SATB & Cantor High Holy Day setting
ECM - Avinu Malkenu Organ Prelude
ECM - Avodat Amamit - Shabbat service for classical guitar and voice
ALRY -Babi Yar - Flute solo for Laura Sperling recorded on Water Music
TMP - Bar’chu - from- Avodat Amamit
TMP - Bar’chu - from -Hegyon Libi
TMP - Bar’chu from Nishmat Chayim
ECM - Bar’chu from To Recreate the World
TMP - Bar’chu from Shir Ari
TMP - Baruch Haba from Kol Sason Wedding Service
ECM - Baruch Haba from Kol Simcha Wedding Service
ECM - Baruch Haba from Kol Chatan, V’Kol Kallah Wedding Service
TMP - Bayom Hahu from Nishmat Chayim
TMP - Bayom Hahu from Shir Ari
ECM - Baruch She-amar for solo voice, with guitar or piano accompaniment
ECM - B'derech Chawchma - Oboe & Baritone duet for Rabbi Allen Freehling
ECM - Be A Shamash – A Song for Chanukah, Lyric by Marcia Hain Engle
ECM - Because I Know You Will Hear Me – A Soldier’s Prayer text of Psalm ONE by Debbie Perlman
TMP - Benediction from Kol Sason
ECM - Benediction from Kol Simcha
ECM - Benediction from Kol Chatan V’Kol Kallah
ECM - Benediction (Blessing of the Children) from To Recreate the World
TMP - Benediction from Nishmat Chayim
TMP - Benediction from Shir Ari
TMP - Birchot Erusin from Kol Sason
ECM - Birchot Erusin from Kol Simcha
ECM - Birchot Erusin from Kol Chatan V’Kol Kallah
ECM - Blessed Be He That Cometh
TMP - B'makom from Avodat Amamit and Shirei Avot
TMP - B'ni from Seasons In Time Book I
ECM - B’or Panayich A Wedding Song for Baritone & keyboard
TMP - Bayom Hahu from Nishmat Chayim
ECM - Birth Is A Beginning - SATB, Cantor, Strings, Harp & Flute
TMP - Biti from Seasons In Time Book I
ECM - Blessing of the Omer - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ECM - B’ruchim Atem - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
TMP - Candlelighting from Hegyon Libi
ECM - Candlelighting (Recreating The World) from - To Recreate the World
TMP - Candlelighting from Nishmat Chayim
TMP - Candlelighting from Shir Ari
ECM - Cantillations - Chamber music
ECM - Celebrate a Miracle,To - A cantata for SATB Chorus, Sop, Bar. with CD Acc.
ECM - Chad Gadya - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ECM - Chanukah Candlelighting
TMP - Chanukah Dreidle, A for talking SATB chorus w/ percussion accomp.
TMP - Chanukah Festival Overture for Concert Band co-arranged with Chris Hardin
TMP - Chatsi Kaddish from Nishmat Chayim
ECM - Chazak V'emats - Soprano and organ, for the installation of Cantor Patti Linsky Rubin
ECM - Chiri Bim – SAT arrangement of folk song in English adaptation
ECM - Chronology - Electronic production version of Fanfare and Belief
ECM - Circles – A Wedding song lyric: Marcia Hain Engle, with alternate instrumental processional
ECM - Cradle of Fire – Holocaust Songs arranged for Children’s Choir
ECM - Days Are Coming - from Hope for The Future
ECM - Defender of the Heart – for Cello and Piano
TMP - Dodi li – Steve Sher SATB arrangement, English adaptation by M.I.
ECM - Dreamchant - Chamber music based on cantillation
TMP - Early Will I Seek You–A High Holiday, English unison setting with keyboard. accomp.
ECM - Echad Mi Yodeia - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ECM - Eeseh Niflaot - Song for Baritone & Keyboard adapted from Exodus 34:10
ALRY -Eight Duos Of Chanukah - song settings for treble instruments
TMP - Eitz Chayim - Cantor and SA Choir
ECM - Eitz Chayim (Begins with Ki Lekach Tov) - Cantor and SATB Choir
TMP - Eil Malei Rachamim - from Seasons In Time, Book III
ECM - Eilu D’varim from Guardians of the Heart
TMP - Eishet Chayil A Woman of Valor, for soloist, SATB and keyboard
ECM - Eits Chayim from The Torah Service
ECM - Eizeh Hi Derech from “For Everything...” Unison Chorus, Cantor, Flute & Harp
ECM - El Ginot Egoz - Symphonic orchestration
ECM - Eli Eli - Symphonic Orchestration
ECM - Elegy- For trumpet and symphony orchestra from Legacy album
ECM - Eliyahu Hanavi from Havdalah Suite for cantor, cong. flute, cello & harp.
ECM - Emunah Nigun – For Faith Steinsnyder - solo voice and keyboard or guitar accompaniment
ECM - Encino Frailich – Bb clarinet and piano accompaniment.
TMP - Enosh from Seasons in Time Book III
TMP - Enosh K’chatsir Yamov
ECM - Enough! – ( Dayeinu obbligato) - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
TMP - Erev Ba (Evening Comes) - English/Hebrew adaptation for SATB & keybd.
ECM - Esah Einai – Hebrew setting of Psalm 121 with keyboard accompaniment
TMP - Esther The Queen - from Seasons In Time, Book II
ECM - Even If For Just One Day – A Chanukah song for solo and SATB choir, lyric by M.I.
TMP - Evening Prayer - English setting of Hashkiveinu
ECM - Ezk’rah - Sukkot 1994 “In memory of my Mother” String orch. & solo violin
TMP - Father's Words (A) - from Shir Ari
ECM - Five Angels – A Harp duet with narration based on Kriat Sh’ma al Hamitah.
ECM - For Everything There is A Season - SATB, Strings,
ECM - Four Different Children - from SHIR CHADASH
ECM - Fragrant Spices from Havdalah Suite, poem by Rabbi Stephen Pearce.
ECM - Gift of my Love, The - An Inspirational anthem for soprano,SATB chorus, piano and organ.
VIV - Gratitude & Praise -A Festival Prelude for Pipe Organ
ECM - Grateful For The Moment (Shehechiyanu)- Solo and SATB
ECM - Greater Miracle, A - A Chanukah song (SATB and Solo versions) with lyric by Marcia Hain Engle
TMP - Greetings of Welcome & Peace (Heveinu Shalom Aleichem) SATB
ECM - Guardians of the Heart
ECM - Hamavdil from Havdalah Suite for cantor, cong. Flute, cello & harp.
ECM - Ha Lachma - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ECM - Hallelyuah ( Kol Han’shama T’hallel Yah) for Women’s Chorus
ECM - Halleluyah -from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ECM - Hannah’s Song for soprano and mezzo-soprano accompanied by harp.
TMP - Hand in Hand An English, choral & solo adapt. of Shir L’shalom (Rabin’s last song)
ECM - Hafawch Ba from Shirei Avot
ECM - Hassidic Halleluyah Duet -“ Kol han’shamah t’hallel “ for two cantors
TMP - Hashkivenu from Shir Ari
ECM - Hashkiveinu from To Recreate the World
ECM- Hashkiveinu - for Cantor and Chorus- In Hebrew
TMP - Hatikva - Arrangement for strings
TMP - Hatikvah – SATB arrangement with English adaptation by Marcia Hain Engle
ECM - Havdalah from Havdalah Suite for cantor, cong. Flute, cello & harp.
TMP - Hayom Katseir from Shirei Avot
ECM - Hazor’im B’dimah (Psalm 118:24) for solo voice, choir and keyboard.
ECM - Hegyon Libi – Meditation from Hegyon Libi A Sabbath service for string quartet
ECM - Heiveinu Shalom Aleichem – A Song of Welcome for Solo and SAT choir
ECM - Hevei Mitalmidav from Shirei Avot
ECM – Hineini (I’m the One) two part anthem, words and music by Michael Isaacson
ECM - Hin'ni - English setting for unaccompanied Cantor
TMP - Hinei Mah Tov - Accompanied treble two-part choral
ECM - Hinei Mah Tov - Hassidic arrangement from Regeneration Recording
TMP - His Love Endures Forever - Hallel setting from Seasons in Time Book II
TMP - Hope, The – English adaptation of Hatikvah by Marcia Hain Engle for solo voice.
ECM - Hope for the Future - Cantata
ECM - Hora - Symphonic Orchestration for The Israel Pops
TMP - How Can I Sing from Nishmat Chayim
TMP - How Do You Spell Chanukah? – SATB with piano accompaniment
TMP - How Shall I Stand Before God - from Hope for the Future
TMP - If the Walls of Jerusalem Could Talk - for SATB & Sop & Bar Soloists
TMP - I Have Taken An Oath - High Holy Day setting
ECM - Im Ein Ani Li Mi Li - folksong
TMP - Im Ein Torah from Shirei Avot
ECM - In Every Generation - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ECM - In Every Generation (L’chol Dor Vador) from Renewal Suite SATB & Cantor
TMP - In the Eyes of God - English setting of Sh'neihem
TMP - In the Shelter of the Sky -A Sukkot song, lyric by Marcia Hain-Engle
ECM - In our Hearts It’s Chanukah – solo and SATB lyric by Samuel Rosenbaum
TMP - Isaacson’s Nigun – For solo voice and keyboard or guitar accompaniment
ECM - Jerusalem Medley - Concert Medley for Show band
ALRY - Jewish Folk Song Suite - For Flute choir
ECM - Jewish Musical Calendar – A Suite of Holiday songs for elementary piano
TRV - Jewish Wedding Songs Suite for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano
ALRY -Jewish Wedding Suite, A - For flute, violin & cello
TMP - Kaddish for the High Holy Days
ECM - Kadeish U’r’chatz - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ECM - Kama Ma-alot - A Passover Round
TMP - K’doshim Tih’yu - For voice accompanied by cello, flute, & harp
ECM - K’doshim Tih’yu from Guardians of the Heart
ECM - K'dusha for Musaf – Medium Cantor and 3 part a cappella chorus Comm. By CA
ECM - K'eits Shatul
TMP - Kiddush from Hegyon Libi
ECM - Kiddush from To Recreate the World
ECM - Ki L’olam Chasdo - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ECM - Ki Lo Naeh - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ECM - Kol Hamorid from Guardians of the Heart
ECM - Kol Kochvei Voker – Yahuda Halevi - Solo song with keybd accomp.
ECM - Kol Nidre - Instrumental recording “Heritage”
ECM - Kol Sason - Wedding Service in Elizabethan style
ECM - Kol Simcha - Wedding Service
ECM - Kol T’ruah - Shofar Service
ECM - Koreich - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
TMP - K'racheim Av - SATB & cantor High Holy Day setting
ECM - Kedusha - for cantor, SSA choir, organ, harp & string Quartet
ECM - L’cha Adonai Hatsdakah from S’lichot
TMP - L’cha Dodi from Avodat Amamit
TMP - L’cha Dodi from Hegyon Libi
ECM - L’cha Dodi from L’Maaseih V’reisheet
TMP - L'cha Dodi from Shir Ari
TMP - L’chaw Dodi- Reb Nachman’s version, SATB arrangement by M.I.
ECM - L’chi Lach Arrangement of a Debbie Friedman’s Song
ECM - L’chu N’ran’nah from To Recreate the World
TMP - L’ chu N'ran'nah from Nishmat Chayim
TMP - L’chu N’ran’nah from Shir Ari
TMP - L’dor Vador from Seasons In Time Book I
ECM - L’Maaseih V’reisheet - Leil Shabbat service for cantor, unison choir & CD rom acc.
ECM - Ladino Medley - Concert Medley for Showband
ECM - Ladino Candlelighting (After a melodic fragment by Flory Jagoda)
ECM – Laining – Chamber music based on Torah cantillation
ECM - Lamed et Siftotai B’racha – Duet for soprano and tenor accomp. piano
ECM - Last Letter of Mordechai Anielewicz, The-Dramatic setting, tenor & piano q’tet
ECM - Legend of Zants, The - A Hassidic parable set for mezzo sop., harp, sop. sax & perc.
ECM - Let Us Honor the Generations – Mishkan T’filah Siddur
ECM - Letter of a Soviet Refusenik – Talking chorus and single pitch chime. Orig pub. By CA
ECM - Light – An SATB arrangement of a song for Chanukah. Lyric by Jeff Rake
ECM - Light For The Hearts Dark Places – Pre -S’lichot Service
TMP - Light The Legend - An SATB Chanukah setting
ECM - Listen to My Heart’s Song- Lishmoa El Harinah - from S’lichot
ECM - Love of Country - Production music arrangements for Museum of Jewish Heritage
ECM - Lulav Song, The – from A Good Year
ECM - Lulei He-emanti - A song of hope - for baritone voice and keyboard
TMP - Ma Gadlu - from Avodat Amamit
ECM - Make Me A Sanctuary - from Renewal Suite - SATB
ECM - Ma Nishtanah - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
TMP - Ma Tovu for SATB choir (published by New Horizon now distributed by TMP
ECM - Ma Yafeh Hayom - Prelude for flute, piano and cello
ECM - Mamaloshen Choral Suite - S.A.T.B. with orchestral accompaniment
ECM - Marvelous in Our Eyes (Psalm 118) for solo voice, SATB Choir, w/ keyboard accomp.
TMP - May The Words from Shir Ari
ECM - M’nucha, K’dusha, V’oneg - a song for the Sabbath
TMP - Mi Shebeirach
TMP - Mi Chamocha from Avodat Amamit
TMP - Mi Chamocha from Hegyon Libi
ECM - Mi Chamocha from To Recreate the World
TMP - Mi Chamocha from Nishmat Chayim
TMP - Mi Chamocha from Shir Ari
ECM - Mi Chamocha for Max Helfman Institute Premieres 2010 - SATB and rhythm
TMP - Mishpachti from Seasons In Time Book I
ECM - Modim Anachnu Lach
ECM - More Than Enough - A Chanukah song, lyric by Doug Thiele
ECM - My Dear and Treasured Child – A Baby Naming Song lyric by Marcia Hain Engle
ECM - Naanuim - from The Shul in My Right Mind for Bb Clarinet and String Quartet
TMP - N'shama Shenatata Bi - from Seasons In Time Book I
ECM - New Moon, A – English adaptation of Birchat Hachodesh
ECM - New Way Of Feeling, A - A Jewish response song to disabilities
ECM - Next Year in Jerusalem - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ECM - Nirtzah - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ALRY- Nigun - For Piccolo (or flute) and piano
ECM - Nishmat Chayim - Woodwind Quintet Service
ECM - Nigun Shalom for Cello and Pian
ECM - Numi, Numi - a lullaby for my grand daughter . Hebrew lyric - Ofra Dor, English lyric – Doug Thiele
ECM - Ocho Candelikas – SATB choral arr. and Eng. adaptation of Flori Jagoda’s Sephardic Hanukkah Song
ECM - Od Y’nuvun (Even In Old Age) - Psalm 92, solo setting for high voice and piano
ECM - On the Other Side of Daybreak – A solo for “Love Thy Neighbor” Lyric by Doug Thiele
TMP - Or Zarua - A High Holy Day setting for Cantor (high), SATB & Keyboard
TMP - Oseh Shalom from Nishmat Chayim
TMP - Our Song Was Meant to Be- English adapt. of Bayom Hahu Lyric By Doug Thiele
ECM - Our Eternal Refuge – Cantor & SATB Psalm 90, Gates of Repentence Yizkor
TMP - Our Father Our King (SATB English adaptation of Avinu Malkeinu)
ECM - Our Song of Songs – A Wedding Song w/lyric by Marcia Hain Engle
TMP - Peace for the Sabbath (Shalom Aleichem)- Goldfarb SATB arr. & Eng. adapt. by M.I. Folk Musuc Series
ECM - Perhaps from S’lichot
ECM - Pesach, Matzah, Umaror - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ECM - Pitchu Li – (from Hallel) for soloist, and choir with keyboard accompaniment
TMP - Postlude from Nishmat Chayim
ECM - Prayer for Israel (English) SATB and Keyboard
ECM - Prayer for Israel (English) Solo and Keyboard
ECM - Pray for the Peace of Jerusallem - (Hebrew and English) SATB with solo, and piano accomp.
TMP - Prelude from Shir Ari
TMP - Priestly Benediction from - Shir Ari
ECM - Priestly Benediction - from - To Recreate the World
ECM - Promise of Time - Lyric D. Thiele, “For Everything There Is A Season” pno, strgs
TMP - Prophet Song, The - from Hope For The Future
TMP - Psalm 23 from Seasons In Time Book III
ECM - Psalm 27
M70 - Psalm 30
ECM - Psalm 48 from To Celebrate a Miracle
ECM - Psalm 90 from Guardians of the Heart
ECM - Psalm 97 – Or Zaruah - Solo w/ piano accomp. (Eng. Adaptation by M.I.)
ECM - Psalms 113 – 118 from An American Hallel for SATB Chorus
ECM - Psalm 130 SATB a capella in English
ECM - Psalm 121 Esah Enai
ECM - Psalm 145 from S’lichot
ECM - Psalm 150 - English, SATB & keyboard accompaniment
ECM - Psalm 150 - Transcription of SATB setting for Brass Quintet
ECM - Psalms For A Leader - for cantor, men’s & children’s chorus with brass & perc.
TMP - R'tsei from Shir Ari
ECM - R’tsei from L’Maaseih V’reisheet
ECM - Rabbi Ben Ezra - An orchestral setting of Browning’s poem for Baritone
ECM - Racism (Heritage Museum film score)
ECM - Recreating the World (Candlighting) Lyric D. Thiele - To Recreate the World
ECM - Regeneration - The Album
ECM - Reb Steve’s Niggun Interlude music on Sparks of Light Tape Course
ECM - Rediscover Sinai - A song for Shavuot– lyric by Hain-Engle
ECM - Remember to Remember – Yom Hashoah song for voice and piano- Words and Music by M.I.
ECM - Remembrance / Heritage Waltz - For Solo violin and String Orchestra
ECM - Rhythm of the Lights Symphonic Fantasia of Chanukah songs for chorus & Orchestra
ECM - Sacred Fire from Havdalah Suite poem by Rabbi Stephen Pearce
ECM – Sacred Dream,The – L’Dor Vador –English lyric by Marcia Hain Engle – Voice & piano
ECM - S’i Na Einayich – Lech L’cha midrash song English lyric by Marcia Hain Engle
TMP - S’brent from Cradle of Fire
ECM- Shehechiyanu (Grateful For The Moment) -Solo and SATB
ECM - Sha Shtil – SATB Choral arrangement and adaptation of Yiddish Folk Song
TMP - Seder Songs – Passover SATB choral arrangements with new English lyrics.
ECM - S’Lichot (Ph.D thesis Eastman School of Music)
ECM - S’u Sh’Arim from the album Regeneration
ECM - S'u Sh'arim from The Torah Service
ECM - S’u Sh’arim High Holiday version for SATB
TMP - Sh’ma from Avodat Amamit
TMP - Sh’ma from Hegyon Libi
ECM - Sh’ma from To Recreate the World
TMP - Sh’ma from Nishmat Chayim
TMP - Sh’ma from Shir Ari
ECM - Sh’ma Koleinu from S’lichot
ECM - Sh’ma Koleinu – SATB Chorus and Cantor, Hebrew and English with keyboard accompaniment
ECM - Sh’ma Koleinu - Cantor and congregational refrain
ECM - Sh’ma-L’cha from Guardians of The Heart
TMP - Sh’neyhem - A Wedding Song - from Avodat Amamit
ECM - Sachaki - Musical Tribute to the Brandeis-Bardin Institute
ECM - Sarah’s Sons & Abraham’s Daughters lyric D. Thiele To Recreate the World
TMP - Shabbat Shalom
TMP - Shabbat Hamalkah - A Folk Song arrangement
ECM - Shabbat Shalom - A Prelude for Clarinet and Woodwind Quartet
TMP - Shabbat Sim Shalom
TMP - Shalom Aleichem - from Hegyon Libi
ECM - Shalom Aleichem - from To Recreate the World
ECM - Shalom Rav from - To Recreate the World
TMP - Shalom Rav from Nishmat Chayim
TMP - Shalom Rav from Shir Ari
ECM - Sheneemar - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
TMP - Sheva B’rachot from Kol Sason
ECM - Sheva B’rachot from Kol Simcha
TMP - Sheva B’rachot - In folk style with cl. or fl. and keybd. accomp.
TMP - Shir Ari – Leil Shabbat Service for ten instruments and voices
TMP - Shir Lashalom - for SATB
TMP - Shirei Avot – Children’s songs from Ethics of Our Ancestors
ECM - Shiru L’Adonai - Large choral concert setting with orchestration available
TMP - Shtiler, Shtiler - from Cradle of Fire
ECM - Shalom Rav from To Recreate the World
TMP - Shalom Rav from Shir Ari
ECM - Shofrot - from The Shul in My Right Mind for Bb Clarinet and String Quartet
ECM - Shul in My Right Mind,The for Bb Cl. and String Quartet 1. Shofrot 2. Naanuim 3. Aliyot
TMP - Sim Shalom for cantor & SATB choir
ECM - Sim Shalom - Guardians of the Heart from Guardians of the Heart
ECM - Sim Shalom from Regeneration
ECM - Siman Tov Umazal Tov – solo version and SATB with piano accompaniment.
TMP - Sing a Song of Chanukah - Lyric by Susan Nurenberg, SATB
ECM - Shishim Variations - For String Quartet
TMP - Shiviti from Seasons in Time Book III
ECM - Sh’ma Koleinu - High Holiday congregational setting, low voice & keyboard
ECM - Slichot - for String Quartet
ECM - Something is Very Gently from S’lichot
ECM - Some Things Are Lasting from Chanukah (The Musical)
ECM - Sukkot
ECM - Sweet Vapors Ascend from Havdalah Suite - Poem by Rabbi Stephen Pearce
ECM - Tavoh/Ashamnu - from S’lichot
ECM - Tavoh – for baritone and SATB choir and keyboard
ECM - Tel Aviv - Lyric by Theodore Bikel, Israel Pops Tour 1990
ECM - Thanks –
ECM - The Completeness of Shalom, SATB from The Gift of Love Mass
ECM - There is A Time - from Hope for the Future
ECM - There are Stars – Solo & SATB adapted by M.I. from a poem by Hannah Senesh
ECM - This Quiet Dust - A Yizkor Meditation -high & medium voice & Keyboard or Harp
ECM - This Is The Day – ( Zeh Hayom) For two Sopranos accompanied by Harp
ECM - Three Torah Responses - from Torah Service
ECM - Through These Windows - solo & choral from To Celebrate A Miracle
TMP - Tik’u Bachodesh Shofar - Cantor, 2 part choir, keyboard
ECM - Tov L’hodot from To Recreate the World
ECM - Tree of Life Nigun – For solo voice and keyboard or guitar accompaniment
ECM - Tsafun - from SHIR CHADASH HAGGADAH
ECM - Two Pieces for the High Holidays (Ut’shuvah & Lish’moah El Harinah) – SATB & Piano
ECM - Under the Canopy - A wedding song (lyric by M.H. Engle) from Kol Chatan,V’Kol Kallah
ECM - Ur’ei Vanim L’vanecha – Solo with piano accompaniment
TMP - Ut’shuvah, Ut’filah, U’tsdakah from Two High Holyday Pieces – Cantor and SATB
ECM - V’achalnu, V’savanu - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
TMP - V’ahavta - from Avodat Amamit
ECM - V’atem Hadveikim – Torah Processional Anthem
TMP - V'ayrastich Li - from Seasons In Time Book II
TMP - V'heishiv Lev Avot - from Seasons In Time Book II
ECM - V’higad’ta L’vincha – Seder song for UAHC Open Door Haggadah
ECM - V’hi Sheamdah - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ECM - V’li-Rushalayim Ircha - Orchestration from Ellstein
TMP - V’neemar from Shir Ari
TMP - V’sham’ru from Avodat Amamit
TMP - V’sham’ru from Hegyon Libi
TMP - V’sham’ru from Nishmat Chayim
TMP - V’sham’ru from Shir Ari
ECM - V’sham’ru from To Recreate the World
ECM - V’Yotzieinu - from SHIR CHADASH Haggadah
ALRY- Variations on “I Have a Little Dreidle” for Flute Choir
ECM - Vay’chulu from To Recreate the World
ECM - Voyage of the St. Louis – Film score for Museum of Jewish Heritage exhibition.
ECM - We Are Blessed – English SATB Words and Music by M.I.
ECM - We Are Maccabees from the 1996 & 1997 Maccabee Games Opening Ceremonies
ECM - We Remember Them – from Renewal Suite for cantor and SATB Choir
ECM - Wedding Processional (Circles) for violin, flute and harp
TMP - Wedding Processional from Kol Sason -Elizabethan instrumentation
ECM - Wedding Processional from Kol Simcha
ECM - Wedding Processional from Kol Chatan V’Kol Kallah
TMP - Wedding Recessional from Kol Sason - Elizabethan instrumentation
ECM - Wedding Recessional from Kol Simcha
ECM - Wedding Recessional from Kol Chatan V’Kol Kallah
ECM - Welcoming Our Daughters (Hannah’s Song segue to This Is The Day)
ECM - We’ve Come Home – Song for returning Children to Temple – Stephen S. Wise Temple
TMP - When Children Sing To God -2 part, accompanied treble choir, lyric by Doug Thiele
ECM - Worthy - Children’s song, an adaptation of Eilu D’varim
TMP - Y’hi Ch’vod - from For Everything There is a Season and Shirei Avot
TMP - Yaaleh V'yavoh - from Seasons in Time Book II
ECM - Yah Ribon
TMP - Yigdal from Shir Ari
TMP - Yih’yu L’ratson from Hegyon Libi
TMP - Yism’chu from Nishmat Chayim
TMP - Yizkor Meditations
TMP - Yizkor Organ Prelude - from Seasons In Time Book III
ECM - Yih’yeh B’seder – A children’s goodnight song -Lyric by Sam Kunin
TMP - Yom Zeh L'Yisrael - from Nishmat Chayim
ECM - You May Laugh – SA arrangement of Sachki in English adaptation
TMP - Your Jerusalem - 3000th anniversary song, 2 part w/accomp. in english
ECM - Yum Ba Bim Bim Bum – SATB warm-up
ECM - Z'mirot Suite for SAT Chorus and piano
TMP - Zog Nit Kein Mol - from Cradle of Fire, 2 part arr. for treble chorus w/ accomp.
THE MUSIC OF SALOMONE ROSSI, ARRANGED BY MICHAEL N. ISAACSON
M70 - Blessed Be He Who Cometh - Baruch Haba B'sheim Adonai
LG - Shir Hama'a lot - Psalm 126 - Choral Settings
SM - Rossi Suite for Brass Quintet (Hashkiveinu, Psalm 121, Kaddish)
ALRY - Rossi Suite for Flute Choir
ECM - Rossi Suite for String Orchestra (Psalm 8, Kaddish, & Psalm 121)
ALRY - Rossi Suite For Clarinet Quintet (Elohim Hashiveinu, Psalm 146, Keter)
TMP - The Michael Isaacson Jewish Folk Music Choral Series
Hebrew / English Adaptations and Arrangements of Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino Folk Songs
Adio Kerida Sephardic song, SATB
A La Una, Sephardic song
Avre Tu Puerta Serrada, Sephardic song
Crossing the Narrow Bridge (Kol Haolam Kulo Gesher Tsar M’od)
Dem Milner’s Trern – Yiddish labor song by Morris Rosenfeld
Dodi Li - Steve Sher (Eng. Adapt by M.I.)
Erev Ba – Wedding song
Kol Haolam Kulo Gesher Tsar M’od – Hassidic saying
L’chaw Dodi (Breslover) Chassidic Ashkenazic
Lo Yisa Goy - SATB
La Vida Do Por El Raki Sephardic song
Laila Laila – Arrangement of Zair/Altman song for SATB Choir and piano
Mayn Rue Platz Yiddish work song by M. Rosenfeld
Ocho Candelikas - Sephardic Hanukkah Song
Our Father, Our King (Avinu Malkeinu) SATB
Peace for the Sabbath (Shalom Aleichem) SATB
Raisins and Almonds – A Yiddish cradle-song
Sha Shtil – Yiddish Folk Song
Shalom Chaveirim –Welcome song
Sha, Shtil - Yiddish folk song
Siete Dias – A Salonikan Ladino Holocaust Song for solo and chorus
Sing Out With Joy, (Simcho L’artsecho)
The Hope ( Hatikvah) - English Adaptation by Marcia Hain Engle
Where Are The Angels of Peace? (Mi Ha-ish)-SATB
You May Laugh (Sachki) -SATB
Yum Bum Bidi Bum (SATB choral warm-up).
Arranging, Orchestrating and/or Conducting by Michael N. Isaacson
Cantor’s Assembly Concerts- Conducted by Michael Isaacson, videos distributed by CA
Orchestrations and musical direction for Hal David’s & Charles Fox’s musical The Chosen
TMP - Michael Isaacson Folk Song Series – Yiddish, Hebrew Folk Songs w/English adaptations,
Discography - Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated and/or Produced by Michael Isaacson
An American Hallel, Seven Deadly Sins, and Kohelet - sung by COUNTERPOINT cond. By Robert De Cormier
A Covenant of Wonders – A one-hour musical drama of the giving of the Ten Commandments
American Jewish Summer – A compilation of songs from the Camping Movement – JMG
Ballad of Ruth, The - A one act opera by Stephen Richards produced by M.I. conducting members of the IPO.
Consolation – Memorial and healing music music composed and produced by M.I.
From Sinai to Sinai - Music of Meir Finkelstein orchestrated and conducted by M.I. with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, distributed by Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, CA.
Gift of Love Mass - for Kathryn Skatula and Ali B. Olmo– A Lutheran Mass with a Shalom song
Guardians of the Heart – distributed by University Synagogue, L.A.
Halcyon - Michael Isaacson & The Hollywood Pops - Distributed by SONY Recordings
Heritage – Composed, arranged and conducted music of The Museum of Jewish Heritage, N.Y.C.,
Hope For The Future - CD of two cantatas distributed by University Synagogue, L. A.
In Good Company: The Music of Robert Strassburg and Michael Isaacson – L.A. Zimriyah.
Jewish Holiday Songs - Theodore Bikel, accompanying himself on guitar. Isaacson, Producer.
Jewish Music as Midrash: What Makes Music Jewish? -Two CDs of musical examples to accompany M.I.’s book.
Jewish Music as Midrash: What Makes Music Jewish? - Ten CD Audio book
Joyful Light, A – Conducted & produced music for Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Los Tres Reyes
King Sings Isaacson - Twenty Isaacson compositions performed by Thom King
Kol Simcha – CD compilation of Isaacson’s wedding services and songs.
Legacy - CD distributed by Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles
Libi B’Maarav –Temple Emanu-El music in San Francisco sung by Roslyn Barak & chorus.
Loom & The Cloth, The - 1975 Anniversary album dist. by The Temple, Cleveland, Ohio
Made in America - Jewish Music by Michael Isaacson performed by Faith Gurney Steinsnyder.
Michael Isaacson Songbook Volume I – Twenty-seven selections sung by artists and choruses.
Michael Isaacson Songbook Volume II – Thirty-six selections sung by artists and choruses.
Michael Isaacson Songbook Volume III – Thirty selections sung by artists and choruses.
Milken Archive of American Jewish Music – Produced and/or conducted fourteen CDs.
Miss Palm Springs (The Musical) – A Demo of 22 original songs. Lyrics by Gordon Goodman
Music From Terezin Vol.I – Ullmann: The Emporer of Atlantis - Arabesque Recordings, N.Y.
Music From Terezin Vol. II – Krasa: Brundibar & Ullmann choral works - Arabesque.
Opening Night - Michael Isaacson & The Israel Pops - Available in songbook, CDs,
and cassettes, distributed by Tara Music, Baltimore, MD.
Regeneration - CD Distributed by Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles
Renewal Suite – Fund Raising Promotional choral suite for University Synagogue
Roslyn Kind: The Promise of Time – A healing CD with five songs by M.I. and Doug Thiele
To Recreate The World - A Children’s Shabbat Service for the Millennium
3 Sacred Services & A Suite for Shabbat - Hegyon Libi, Nishmat Chayim, and Shir Ari, Havdalah
Tree Still Stands,The, and Israel Suite #2 by Walter Scharf; M.I. cond. the Israel Philharmonic.
Visions and Values - Produced Gerald Fried’s score with the IPO for The L.A. Skirball Center
Water Music - Produced flute performances by Laura Sperling featuring Isaacson’s Babi Yar
Windows – Music of Rabbi Moshe Rothblum arranged & conducted by M.I. with The Mexico City Philharmonic and distributed by Temple Adat Ariel, North Hollywood, CA.
Yizkor for the Children of the Holocaust – Ilana Wolpert, Soprano, Kettering Children’s Choir
Synagogue Choral Music of Aminadav Aloni – Re-mastered and produced Aloni memorial CD.
Drive-time Judaism Series – Produced by Michael Isaacson
Ten Lessons in Composing Jewish Music – Dr. Michael Isaacson’s innovative educational course.
Jewish Music as Midrash: What Makes Music Jewish? – Read on CD by the author available at Oysongs.com
Sparks of Light – Rabbi Steve Robbins’ introduction to Kabbalah,
Time of Your Life – Rabbi Ed Feinstein’s, course in enriching one’s sense of time through Jewish life.
Out of The Rabbi’s Hat – Rabbi Ed Feinstein tells entertaining Jewish children’s stories.
Samuel Adler & The Seventh Army Symphony – DVD Documentary interview with Samuel Adler
Samuel Adler: Still In the Game - August video interview.