The World Premiere of Judith Shatin’s Birkat Hakohanim for SATB a cappella vocal ensemble will be performed by the University Singers, Michael Slon, Artistic Director on Friday, November 9 – 8:00 PM at Old Cabell Hall on the campus of University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The concert is presented by the University’s McIntire Department of Music.

The composer writes, “Birkat Hakohanim, known as The Priestly Blessing, is drawn from the Bible, Numbers 6:24-26. The University of Virginia Singers and their Director, Michael Slon commissioned my SATB a cappella setting. Often found in ancient amulets, and traditionally recited by male descendents of Aaron. It has traditionally performed during parts of the Sabbath and other services, and it appears in wide use in translation in the Christian liturgy. Conductor Michael Slon requested this particular text, and I was drawn to its rich tradition, as well as the spiritual and sonic qualities of the text.”

The University Singers’ concert will also feature composers from Rachmaninoff, Palestrina, Stanford to Gershwin and Ticheli to Whitacre. More about the Singers at

Tickets are $15 General / $5 Students. For more about the November 9 event, call 434-924-3376 or visit

Ravello Records has reissued Judith Shatin’s acclaimed CD Piping the Earth Her music can also be heard on the Grammy-nominated Innova Records release, Tower of the Eight Winds,( and the Hexagon Ensemble’s Dutch Connection CD on Etcetera, with more on the Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at

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