Dr. Michelle Green Willner, Music Director
Michelle Green Willner received her B.M. degree from the University of Toronto and her M.A. and D.M.A. degrees from Columbia University, New York. Dr. Green Willner has received numerous composition awards including five ASCAP Special Awards, two ASCAP Foundation Grants to Young Composers, a Community Relations Council Grant, the Brian M. Israel Prize from the Society for New Music, and the Serge Garant Award from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). Her works have been commissioned and performed by ensembles such as, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Hollywood Master Chorale, American Cantors’ Association, NACUSA Concert Series, Synergy, Shechina, the UCI Women’s Chorus, Speculum Musicae, New Millennium, New Calliope Singers, Premier, the Society for New Music, the CSULB New Music Ensemble, Kol Haemek Chorale, and by Earplay at the Center for the Arts Forum in San Francisco.
Various choruses have performed Dr. Green Willner’s choral works internationally, as well as exclusively by the Tehila Choir, which she founded in Toronto, Canada (1984-1989), Mit Gezang, which she directed from 1999-2003 in Los Angeles, the Kol Ruach Ensemble, which she directed from 2003-2006, and by the Michelle Green Willner Singers, which she is currently directing. Dr. Green Willner has taught composition and theory at the University of California, Irvine, California State University at Long Beach and the American Jewish University. She has also been a Contributor/Advisor for the website, L.A. Opening Nights (laopeningnights.wordpress.com). Currently, she is Artistic and Musical Director of the newly established Los Angeles Jewish Community Children’s Choir sponsored by the Schulweis Institute, Musical Director of the Sinai Youth Concert Choir, and a Max Helfman Music Fellow.