Hazzan David Tilman

Philadelphia, PA

Hazzan David F. Tilman is a graduate of Columbia College, the Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Juilliard School, where he earned the Masters of Music Degree in Choral Conducting. He was Hazzan and Music Director of Beth Sholom Congregation of Elkins Park,Pa,  retiring after 36 years. He served as Associate Professor at JTS for five years. Hazzan Tilman is beginning his 10th year as Choral Director and Pastoral Outreach Professional at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park.  He is music director of the Sing Hallelujah Concert Series at Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center, bringing together 170 singers with guest cantorial soloists. He was a consultant to the National Museum of American Jewish History for their major Bernstein at 100 Exhibit.

The Curious Case of Kaddish

8:30 PM Eastern


The Selihot Service begins with the great Hatzi Kaddish as sung prior to the Musaf Service of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  This text and the traditional melody associated with the pre-Selihot Kaddish leads us to study the Kaddish, its several versions, the contents, the history, the text, and its many melodies that our Ashkenazic tradition assigns to this prayer, based on the Jewish calendar.Finally, we shall examine its functions: the liturgical function to stop; and the musical function to prepare for what is coming next!The students are invited to sing along! We shall conclude with a full review of the pre-Selihot Hatzi Kaddish.