David Kates

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I look forward to participating and growing with my Helfman colleagues as we explore new ways to express ourselves through Jewish composition. I pray our efforts will truly enrich the worship experience for our people, and inspire them toward a closer relationship with the Divine.

The former Executive Director of The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles, David has been active in both Jewish and secular music for years. David developed a variety of cultural programs, concerts, and workshops for the JMCLA including How to Compose Jewish Music, a class at the American Jewish University taught by Dr. Michael Isaacson, and the American Jewish Music Festival 2000, a concert bringing together Jewish artists from around the world. In addition to having served as Music Director for Cantor Nathan Lam at Stephen S. Wise Temple, he composed a collection of Jewish life cycle songs with writing partner Julie Silver, along with his own publication, Shirei Chayim published by the Cantors Assembly.

He has produced numerous Jewish albums with Ms. Silver including Walk With Me, Beyond Tomorrow, and Reunion.  He has performed in concert and produced shows with Craig Taubman, Debbie Friedman, Julie Silver, Theodore Bikel, and Rabbi Joe Black.

His commercial work includes composing original music for television, film and video games. His recent game scores include the award winning science fiction franchises Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 (Bioware/EA). His orchestral arrangement Tron Suite was performed by the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in 2005, and is currently on world tour with the concert series, Video Games Live. David is currently the Choir Conductor at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, where his wife, Linda Kates is the Cantor, and beginning the score to the animated feature film, Mass Effect (EA).