The Moran Choirs
Conductor and Musical Director: Naomi Faran
Assistant Conductor: Carmel Amit Antopolsky
Pianist: Oleg Yakerevich
Naomi Faran founded the Moran Choir in 1986, since when it has made enormous musical and educational achievements. It numbers some 50 young singers aged between 12 and 18.
Many leading composers have written original choral works and operas for the choir, among them Haim Permont (The Pied Piper of Hamlin); Gil Shohat (The Happy Prince, based on Oscar Wilde’s story); Ella Milch-Sheriff (And the Rat Laughed); Menachem Weisenberg (a children’s song cycle); Moshe Zorman (a cycle of Israeli folk songs – I Have No Other Country); Eyal Batt (Sorobindi); Shlomo Gronich (Cantata – The Tower of Babel); and more.
The choir features regularly on the most prominent stages in Israel, including the Israeli Opera, the Cameri Theater, Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival, Tel Aviv Museum and others. It sings regularly with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, as well as performing at national ceremonies and special events.
The Moran Choir is often invited to represent Israel at festivals, competitions and workshops around the world and to this end has visited Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, the USA, Canada, Spain, Slovenia, Scandinavia and other countries.
The choir combines excellence in singing with a range of community activities undertaken jointly with special needs children and adolescents and pediatric cancer patients at Schneider Children’s Hospital.
July 1994 Denmark: Europa Cantat – the choir was selected for this international vocal festival
September 1994 Norway: concert for peace with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by maestro Zubin Mehta, Oslo
July 1995 Slovenia: international symposium of choir music, Ljubljana
August 1995 Finland: Sympathy international choir festival
April 1997 Canada: concert tour of Montreal and Toronto
May 1997 USA: concert tour of New York, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Chicago
July 1998 Germany: international symposium on choral music
August 1998 Hong Kong & China: international festival at Shenzhen, Guilin and Guangzhou
October 1999 Spain: competition, master classes for conductors and concert tour
2000 Taiwan: Cheer Formosa international choral festival and concert tour
2002 Canada & USA: Song Bridge World Symposium on Children’s Choirs
November 2003 USA: concert tour of New York and Connecticut
September 2004 Switzerland: official representative of Israel at an international medical conference in Basel + concert tour
May 2006 Czech Republic & Poland: concert tour and ceremony honoring Righteous Gentiles at Warsaw Opera House
October 2006 Sweden: debut performance (Haim Permont’s Isra Ve Yishma) at Song Bridge as part of the Lund International Choral Festival, and concert tour
November 2006 Slovenia: Women Singing for Peace, with EU support
May 2008 Poland: Song Bridge debut performance (Ella Milch-Sheriff’s The Ballad on Three Prophets)
June 2008 Romania: Performance of Ella Milch-Sheriff’s opera And the Rat Laughed at Sibiu Festival and Bucharest
March 2009 Germany: Collaboration with Gewandhaus Radio Choir to perform Hans Krása’s opera Brundibár, Leipzig and Berlin
October 2010 Norway: Guest choir in the NINA-GRIEG festival in Bergen and a concert tour in Oslo