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Allan Naplan

Allan NaplanALLAN NAPLAN has led an active career as both a professional opera singer and a published composer. As an operatic baritone, he has performed with many of America’s leading opera companies. In his capacity as a composer, his pieces have been performed throughout the world. They also have been featured at both national and regional Music Educators National Convention and American Choral Directors Association conventions and festivals. He currently serves as executive director of Arizona Musicfest.

Mr. Naplan is a graduate of the Ithaca College of Music, where he earned a double degree in voice performance and music education. He twice has been named the First Place winner of the Guild of Temple Musicians Young Composers Award (1997 and 2001), for his original settings of Mi Chamocha and Yitgadal. His Schlof Main Kind, A Yiddish Lullaby was entered into the music archives of the United States Holocaust Museum in 1998, and his arrangement of Hatikva was performed, in the same year, on a series of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concerts in celebration of “Israel@50.” His Al Shlosha D’Varim was a featured work at a Columbine High School memorial service in Littleton, Colorado, days after the 1999 tragic school shootings. In 2000, the Young Voices of Colorado premiered his Sim Shalom. In 2002, his ever-growing catalogue of published works increased with the release of Shiru, as well as an arrangement of Shalom Aleichem. More recently, his Mi Chamocha and Ein Kamocha were featured in the Shabbat worship services and published songbooks of the URJ’s 2007 and 2009 Biennial Conventions.


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