Kol Isha Songbook

Songs composed by members of the Women Cantors’ Network

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WHAT WE DO

We support, sing with, help, listen to, advise, refer, share, inform and laugh with all our members who are engaged in the musical life of our congregations/choirs/students regardless of title or educational background.
And all for $45 a year!

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Our non-hierarchical membership enjoys access to the WCN Listserve, an ongoing forum for discussion, sharing of ideas for services/lifecycle events/programs, information and job postings. Yearly conferences provide a wealth of music, teaching and networking.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Our 2023 WCN Conference will be held in person in Patchogue, Long Island, NY, June 12-15. Open to members only.
Come learn new music to take back to your community; network with others; share the joy of making Jewish music together. Registration will begin in early Spring of 2023!

Conference 2023

WELCOME TO THE WOMEN CANTORS’ NETWORK

Cantor Deborah Katchko Gray founded the Women Cantors’ Network in 1982. The goal of the WCN is to promote the practice of Judaism through the dissemination, development, and commissioning of Jewish music and rituals for clergy and lay leaders serving in the cantorate.

The WCN provides information and education in areas related to the cantorate and Jewish music through annual conferences and on-line forums, commissions Jewish music for women’s voices, and serves as a forum for discussing practical issues for women in the cantorate by sharing professional knowledge and experiences in a supportive atmosphere.

Testimonial by

Cantor Debbi Ballard

“Coming to WCN lets me sit in a room full of other women and listen to them sing, and pray, and their voices lift my voice. And I just love being here with my sisters and song.”

Testimonial by

Cantor Marlena Taenzer

“WCN makes a difference because the women really care about each other. They’re spiritual, they love to share their knowledge, they support each other, and it really, really works.”

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT
by ADRIAN DURLESTER

Parnasa (livelihood) is a basic concept in Judaism. Our faith has long recognized that, while one can and should perform religious services such as writing liturgically-based music, performing cantorial or songleading services, etc., for the community willingly, people do need to earn a living. To varying degrees, composers, songwriters, and performers depend on income from legitimate sales of printed music and recordings.

“One who derives benefit and the other suffers loss [is liable].” (Bava Kamma 20a)

Another honored concept in Judaism is attribution. It is considered a great honor to report the