Haim Elisha

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Haim Elisha\'s music has been performed by orchestras, chamber groups, and soloists throughout the United States and abroad. A published composer and a member of ASCAP, his piece Metamorphosis for Brass Quintet won First Prize at the Illinois Fine Arts Festival in 1990. The opera, A Certain Quiet was composed with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. He has conducted orchestras in the United States, Japan and Israel, and served as artistic director/conductor of Rockland Opera in New York from 1986 to 2009. As composer and music director, he has been associated with numerous New York-based theater companies. Over the past decade, Haim Elisha has performed on the avant-garde jazz and improvisation scene in New York City and in Israel as a pianist, working with his son, composer-improviser-percussionist Ehran Elisha. His collaborative recording, East of Jaffa with Ehran and the renowned South African-Israeli clarinetist Harold Rubin, was recently released on the Out Now Recordings label. He is also featured on the upcoming Ehran Elisha Ensemble album, Continue. Haim Elisha is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He received a Master\'s Degree from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and studied under the tutelage of renowned composers, Vincent Persechetti and Hugo Weisgall in New York. He also studied conducting with Maestro, Pierre Monteux in Hancock, Maine. He holds a Doctorate in Music Composition and Sacred Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Professor Elisha has served on the faculty of the Performing Arts Department at SUNY Rockland since 1968, where he created and implemented a rich and varied music program. Haim Elisha has been painting since 1986, and has been exhibiting his work in gallery shows over the past decade