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Dr. Noreen Green is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS), which she founded in 1994. Known worldwide for her knowledge and skill in presenting music with Jewish themes, she has served as guest conductor in the United States, Israel, South Africa and Canada. In 2017, she was honored by Musical America, the oldest and most prestigious American magazine on classical music, as one of its Movers & Shapers, the Top 30 Musical America Professionals of the Year.
Under Dr. Green’s direction, the LAJS has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Ford Theatres, Royce Hall at UCLA and other venues. Special guest performers have included such personalities as Billy Crystal, Tovah Feldshuh, Randy Newman, Theodore Bikel, Marvin Hamlisch, Hershey Felder and many others.
For two decades the Music Director at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, Dr. Green also conducts the AJU Choir, which she founded in 2014; and the American Jewish Symphony, a touring ensemble that debuted in 2015 to a sold-out audience at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center in New York.
Besides the recent Musical America honor, Dr. Green has received numerous awards and recognition throughout her career from many prestigious organizations, including the National Foundation of Jewish Culture, the State of Israel Bonds, and California Legislature Assembly Member Bob Blumenfield for creating the Interfaith Tribute Choir and Orchestra Concert for Remembering 9/11. In 2012, Zev Yaroslavsky and the LA County Board of Supervisors honored her with a Commendation for her contribution to the Los Angeles arts scene.
In great demand as a lecturer and educator, Dr. Green has spoken at numerous national and international symposia and for the LA Philharmonic’s Upbeat Live series. In 2015, she gave the keynote speech at the annual Spring Conference of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism in Irvine, CA. In 2016, she presented a workshop on Jewish music at the American Choral Directors Association Western Division Conference and delivered a talk on Jewish composers in film at the Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life in Berkeley, CA. In 2017, Dr. Green gave a highly acclaimed lecture-concert, A Celebration of Women and Music through a Jewish Lens, in Sydney, Australia. She also spoke at the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association on the subject of Jewish choral music from the Sephardic and Ashkenazic traditions.
A long-time dream project for Dr. Green has just come to fruition. The recording of the LAJS’s first professional CD, the oratorio Women of Valor by Andrea Clearfield, has been released on the Albany label.
Photos by Leon Saperstein