Evan J. Griffith
Evan J. Griffith began his relationship with Jewish music through Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, New York City where he was both organist and composer, and where he also worked with both the adult and junior choirs under the direction of mentor Cantor Lori Corrsin. The first service Evan ever accompanied was his own Bar Mitzvah ceremony at the temple, where he immediately fell in love with the Jewish music liturgy. He went on to accompany services professionally at Emanu-El for the 2500 seat congregation, which was broadcast worldwide on WQXR radio. Evan was next engaged as principal organist at Congregation Hebrew Tabernacle in Washington Heights, before moving to the Upper Valley Jewish Community, where he was Choir Director and Accompanist for the congregation. In this capacity, he launched "T'filah B'shira: Prayer in Song" a new series of Shabbat services featuring choral and cantorial settings from all different musical cultures of the Jewish liturgy. During his time at the UVJC, he was commissioned to compose a Shabbat Sacred Service through the Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg fellowship grant, and these settings have been in use at numerous congregations across the US. In his role at the UVJC, he was responsible not only for selecting music and preparing the choir, but also for planning, programming, and organizing their yearly Reform High Holy Day services. Outside of Jewish liturgical music, Evan is CEO of artist management company Fire Tower Entertainment, which represents a host of singer-songwriters and other music artists throughout the US. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with dual degrees in Music and Psychology from Dartmouth College, as well as receiving a degree from Manhattan School of Music in Organ, Conducting, and Composition. Evan is honored with a CAGO distinction as Colleague of the American Guild of Organists. He is extremely enthusiastic and grateful to be engaged as Music Fellow at Temple Beth Tikvah.