Erik Contzius

Erik Contzius

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I write and perform music primarily for the Synagogue for Cantor, Choir and Pipe Organ. I feel that my compositions bring life to traditional Jewish modes while transcending the umbrella of Judaism, speaking to all who embrace my music.

Biography

As a Cantor trained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music, I am well versed in traditional Jewish modes and indigenous Eastern-European Hazzanut (cantorial art music). I feel my composition work is tempered by classical, jazz, and traditional choral repertoire with an ear towards consonant melody and challenging harmonization.

Lyrics

Hineh Ma Tov

Written By: Psalm 133

Behold how good it is
when we dwell together
living as one people hand in hand
what keeps us safe and strong
is that we have each other
the human family across the land

Hebrew:
Hineh ma tov uma na'im
shevet akhim gam yakhad

(English interpretation/translation by Erik Contzius, ASCAP)

Discography

Compact Disc: "Teach My Lips a Blessing," 2008: Contzius Music Publishing: Baritone soloist, Composer

Compact Disc: How Excellent is Thy Name, 1999: Loft Recordings: Jewish Art Song for Cantor and Pipe Organ. Baritone soloist

Compact Disc: Celebrate Hanukkah, 1998: Rider College: Recorded with the Westminster Choir College’s Youth Chorale. Baritone soloist

Compact Disc: Yamim Noraim—Days of Awe, 1995: Transcontinental Music: Recorded with the Hebrew Union College. Choir member

Set List

I perform mostly Jewish art music for worship and concert hall. I also perform classical baritone repertoire.