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Founder & Composer Jonathan Allentoff
Jonathan Allentoff is a nationally acclaimed conductor, composer, performer, and educator. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children with a Concentration in Music and an Applied Music Minor from The College at Brockport, State University of New York. A graduate of the college's Delta College Program, he is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence and was named the Interdisciplinary Arts for Children Departmental Scholar. He is currently pursuing graduate coursework through Stony Brook University's School of Professional Development and Open SUNY, and advanced study in composition and conducting with Dr. William Hullfish. He has studied violin and viola performance with Dr. Thomas Saul, composition with Dr. Daniel Chazanoff, theory with Dr. Herbert Wise, music education with Kevin Warner, and orchestral conducting with Dr. David Harman and Dianne Howard.
Jonathan holds positions as founding music director of the Brockport Symphony Orchestra, music director of the GPAS Greece Community Orchestra, founding conductor of the Temple Beth El Orchestra, and associate conductor of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted the Pittsford Mendon High School Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, Pittsford Mendon High School Select Choir, Brockport Jazz Orchestra, Brockport College-Community Chorus, and the Nefesh Orchestra. Jonathan performs as principal viola with the Brighton and Greece Symphony Orchestras, and violin in the Finger Lakes Choral Festival summer performances with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared as violin/viola soloist with the Amadeus Chorale and the Greece Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of Brighton Symphony's Rococo Project Ensemble. In addition, he founded the professional Brockport Jazz Quartet, which performs at community-wide events in the Greater Rochester area. He recently performed as principal viola in both the National Reading Orchestra at the ASTA Conference in Salt Lake City, UT and Directors' Orchestra at the NYSSMA/NYASTA Summer Conference in Albany, NY, violin soloist at the NAfME National In-Service Conference Jam Session in Nashville, TN, and as a jazz/pop violist in the APME Jam Sessions at the University of Southern California's Carson Center and University of Miami's Clarke Recital Hall. He was also invited to perform on viola in the Roberto Occhipinti Quartet Jazz Masterclass and in Paul Gaspar's Eastman Recital Orchestra. Jonathan has been a guest teaching artist at local elementary and high schools, and he also teaches string lessons and mentors advanced performers.
Jonathan recently returned from the New York Philharmonic, where he was invited to attend a special concert and conducting masterclass with Manfred Honeck. He was commissioned to compose and arrange the music for Temple Beth El's Selichot Service - Music for the Soul featuring Cantor/Hazzan Martin Leubitz, the Penfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Selichot Choir and String Quartet directed by Dr. David Harman. Jonathan created the orchestral and choral arrangements of Van Alexander's new Christmas song, It Comes Around the Same Time Each Year, and conducted the premiere performances. He was also commissioned to compose the scores for two films produced by the State University of New York. In 2013, Jonathan composed and conducted a new jazz score for the DANSCORE ballet, Louie Strong, P. I., One Evening 1940s Rochester, NY. He has participated in national and international conferences, master classes, and festivals at the University of Miami, Lincoln Center, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, Texas Christian University, Miami University of Ohio, Northern Kentucky University, Baldwin Wallace University, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Salt Palace Convention Center, Catalina's Jazz Club, and The Kennedy Center.
While traveling the country, he has been invited to attend private master classes with Gerard Schwartz, Van Alexander, Charles Gambetta, Leonard Atherton, Curtis McKonly, and Christian Howes. In addition, he has attended orchestral rehearsals and composition/conducting sessions with Franz Welser-Most, Joshua Bell, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Ralph Grierson, David Newman, Louis Langree, and Keith Lockhart. He has also conducted film score research at the Charles E. Young Research Library at the University of California, Los Angeles, Cinematic Arts Library at the University of Southern California, Archives and Rare Books Library at the University of Cincinnati, and the Warner Bros. Archives, and was invited to attend a private scoring session at Warner Bros. Studios. Jonathan was recently invited by Temple Beth El's Men's Club to present a lecture and performance, in collaboration with William Hullfish and Sid Rosenzwieg, entitled, "Jewish Composers from the Golden Age of Hollywood." He frequently writes new scores for silent films and enjoys restoring rare and lost orchestrations from classic Hollywood films. Jonathan was personally invited to join a table of Hollywood concertmasters at the 2014 ASMAC Golden Score Awards, hosted at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, honoring his colleagues Michael Giacchino and Jorge Calandrelli.
His works have been performed by members of the League of American Orchestras, summer youth orchestras, and college and professional orchestras across the United States as well as in Australia, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Jonathan distributes his music through his own ASCAP music publishing business, Allentoff Music www.allentoffmusic.com. His arrangements of American popular standards, holiday songs, and film soundtracks are licensed through Warner Bros. and Alfred Publishing, Chappell & Co., Ludlow Music, Stratford Music Corporation, Universal Music/Criterion Music Corporation, and Taradam Music. The 2008 NYSSMA Conference performance of his "Divertimento for Two Violins and String Orchestra" was recorded and distributed by Mark Custom Recording. His recordings as conductor are distributed across the globe by CD Baby, Amazon, and iTunes. Jonathan is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, College Orchestra Directors Association, American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers, National Association for Music Education, New York State School Music Association, International Guild for Musicians in Dance, American String Teachers Association, and the Association for Popular Music Education.
Daniel Chazanoff was an honors graduate of the Ohio State University with a B.Sc. in instrumental music. Beyond that, he held masters and doctorate degrees in music and music education from Columbia University. His experience included more than 40 years as a music administrator, teacher, cellist, conductor, adjudicator, clinician, researcher, writer, and composer. Among his credits were 270 publications and listings in Who's Who in America (Under Entertainment) and the International Who's Who of Music (Cambridge, England.) In February 1991, he was nominated for the International Music Museum in London. He was the retired Director of Music for the City School District of Rochester, NY and Music Reviewer for the Wolfe Newspapers.
Cantor Martin Leubitz served Congregation Beth Am in Cleveland, Ohio for over twenty years before coming to Temple Beth El of Rochester, NY in 1995.
A vocal performance major at the University of Akron, Cantor Leubitz graduated from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1972. During his career, he has become known not only for his highly interpretive renditions of the liturgy, but also for his delightful musical programs including selections of Yiddish, Hassidic and Broadway show music.
Cantor Leubitz has composed and published several pieces for Hazzan and Congregation, which he uses as part of the Sabbath and Holiday services. He is the featured soloist on two recordings, “High Holiday Favorites” and “Shma Koleinu.” He appeared with the Rochester Oratorio Society concert in 2005 performing the Ernest Bloch, Sacred Service (Avodat Hakodesh) at the Hochstein Performance Hall. In addition, Cantor Leubitz has recorded Temple Beth El’s setting of Friday Night Live.
A member of the Cantors Assembly, Cantor Leubitz served on the national Executive Council and as chair of the Tri-State Region.
The Jewish Theological Seminary awarded Cantor Leubitz an honorary Doctor of Music degree December 2008 for his contributions during his career in the cantorate.
Craig Mason attended the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, where he received a Comprehensive Music Education Degree (Vocal, Instrumental, and General). Craig also earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has taught 5-12 Band and Choir in Pepin, Wisconsin, 7th grade band and 8th grade band at Stoughton Middle School and band, theater, music theory, jazz, marching band, and chamber ensembles at Stoughton High School. Craig has extensive experience with jazz education and a rich history with the drum and bugle corps genre, dating back to 1976. He was a performer and teacher for the Madison Scouts until 1992, taught several music ensembles in Europe, and is currently teaching and writing music for the Kilties drum and bugle corps. Craig was selected for the Kohl Fellowship in 1989 and has been selected for Who's Who in America's Teachers numerous times, as well as being selected for Who's Who in America, and has been selected as the most influential music teacher in Wisconsin, by School Band and Orchestra magazine. He has taught many band clinics, judges marching band contests and solo & ensemble festivals. He has arranged and composed for many marching bands, concert bands, chamber ensembles, brass bands, and drum and bugle corps around the United States, Europe and Japan. He is also the conductor of the 2012 Section 2 NABBA champion Madison Brass Band (http://www.madisonbrassband.com/). In addition, he also writes drill for marching bands.
Michael Allentoff, who assists in business operations, has been active in the Rochester musical community for over 40 years. He has been the President of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He performs on violin with the Brighton, Greece, and Brockport Orchestras. As an undergraduate at McGill University, he studied theory and orchestration with noted Canadian composer Donald Steven. He has an MBA from the University at Albany and is a business manager in his own consulting organization.