After completing his Master of Music degree in composition from Northwestern University in 1982, Jay conducted the Opera Company of the Negev Region in Israel. He returned to Chicago in 1983 and completed his doctoral degree in composition at Northwestern.
Jay founded the Bachelor of Music in Music Theater at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate music theory, composition, and special topics at Rider. He recently received his sixth Composer Award from the American Society of Composers.
We’ll be hitting the studio with Jay in the summer of 2016, but to hear some of his work in the meantime, you can check out a performance of his piece “Al Hanissim” by the USC Thornton Concert Choir below.
New York City audiences can also catch a performance of his 65-minute orchestral work “Sacred Rights, Sacred Song” at Congregation Ansche Chesed, 251 W 100th St in Manhattan on November 15 at 7 PM. For more information about the performance, click here.
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