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“zimriya” Establishes Four Prizes for Musical Compositions

The “Hazamir,” Israel music organization which is organizing the Second World Assembly of Jewish Choirs to be held in Israel during the month of July, 1955, today announced four prizes for musical compositions to be submitted by January 15, in connection with the Zimriya, the Song of Festival, during the Assembly in which 3,000 choristors from more than 10 countries will participate. The United States will be represented by 15 choirs numbering about 500 voices.

The prizes announced today will be given for the best compositions on the following themes: 1. Jerusalem; 2. The Establishment of Israel; 3. Ingathering of the Exiles; 4. Land Redemption. The first theme carries a prize of 500 Israeli pounds, while the other three carry an award of 300 pounds each.

Harry Coopersmith, director of the Music Department of the Jewish Education Committee of New York, has been appointed chairman of the choir conductors group for the American Zimriya. The committee which he heads is to pass on the qualifications of non-professional Jewish choices in the United States and Canada entering the Song Festival. Mr. Coopersmith is member of the faculty of the School of Sacred Music in New York and is a pioneer of Jewish choral music.

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