JMCLA commissions new Jewish music. A select committee establishes the musical parameters and offers the commissions to promising composers from around the world. Recent commissions include:
2004 - Bennet Salvay - commissioned to compose a pulpit opera based on Joshua II: 1-24 in memory of Dr. Robert Strassburg.
2003 - Dr. Michael Isaacson - commissioned to compose a work for clarinet and string quartet in memory of Dr. Robert Strassburg, entitled Aliyah.
Dr. Isaacson, composer of more than 400 published works, conductor and producer of more than 40 CDs and albums, pioneer of the NFTY American Folk Music style, Founding Music Director of the Israel Pops Orchestra and the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, creator of the New York Museum of Jewish Heritage's permanent exhibit symphonic music, and recipient of the largest co-commission of synagogue music in history (To Recreate the World) has singularly defined and elevated American Jewish music in our time. His Michael Isaacson Songbook Volumes I & II, containing 100 of his Jewish works along with companion CDs, is published by Transcontinental Music in New York City. (for more info: www.michaelisaacson.com)