The Moran Singers Ensemble
Conductor and Music Director: Naomi Faran
Established in 1998, The Moran Singers Ensemble was developed as a professional singing group, dedicated to the encouragement of musical excellence and solo singing among young singers. The ensemble consists of Moran Choir graduates, outstanding musicians, IDF soldiers, as well as students and graduates from various Music Academies. The ensemble’s repertoire includes choral classical music as well as Israeli choral music composed by leading composers such as Gil Shohat, Menachem Weisenberg, Haim Fremont, Yehezkel Braun, Ella Milch-Sheriff and Eyal Batt. In recent years, the ensemble performed in several concert series held by the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra. In 1998 The Moran Singers Ensemble won a first prize at The Shirat Hayamim International Choral Competition held in Israel, followed by a first prize at an international competition held Japan in the summer of 2002.
The ensemble performed at the Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon, a liturgical music festival in Germany and Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany. In 2005 The Moran Singers Ensemble was invited to the Bach Festival in Toronto, for a special performance of Bach cantatas conducted by Helmuth Rilling. In 2008 they represented Israel at the Vox Pacis Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, focused on "creating a meeting of cultural and spiritual understanding and a dialogue between cultures”. In 2009 the ensemble completed an appreciated concert series on the west coast of the USA, featuring Moran Choir’s community projects over the last decade. Following the tour, Moran’s Music Director and conductor, Naomi Faran, was invited to speak at Yale University on the model of connecting singing to community involvement In 2012 the ensemble participated in the Musica Sacra Festival in Germany and in the International Choral Festival in Argentina. This is the Moran Singers Ensemble Israeli Opera debut.