Michelle Green Willner

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Michelle Green Willner received her B.M. degree from the University of Toronto and her M.A. and D.M.A. degrees from Columbia University, New York. Dr. Green Willner has received numerous composition awards including four ASCAP Special Awards, two ASCAP Foundation Grants to Young Composers, a Community Relations Council Grant, and The Brian M. Israel Prize from the Society for New Music, and the Serge Garant Award from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).

Her works have been commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, NACUSA Concert Series, Synergy, Shechina, the UCI Women’s Chorus, Speculum Musicae, New Millennium, the New Calliope Singers, Premier, the Society for New Music, the CSULB New Music Ensemble, and by Earplay at the Center for the Arts Forum in San Francisco.

Dr. Green Willner’s choral works have been performed internationally by various choruses as well as exclusively by the Tehila Choir, which she founded in Toronto, Canada (1984-1989), Mit Gezang, which she directed from 1999-2003 in Los Angeles, the Kol Ruach Ensemble, which she directed from 2003-2006, and by the Michelle Green Willner Singers which she is currently directing.

Dr. Green Willner has taught composition and theory at the University of California, Irvine, California State University at Long Beach and the University of Judaism. Currently, she is also directing her four young sons Moshe, Asher, Ari and Yaakov!

Michelle Green Willner created two pieces as Helfman Institute fellow:

Adon Olam
Performed by VBS Choir; piano.

Composition Created as Part of Fellowship
L'cha Dodi
Performed by: 
Cantor Baron; Marc Baron Ginsburg; VBS choir; Piano