The spirit of our choir is not the “Kol Demama Daka”- the mild and meek voice- that rose out of the hollow chambers that produced “churchy” music, but the fervor of German Jewry al fortissimo.
Here we discuss the history of the choir and its early origins. Rav Hirsch commisioned I.M. Japhet to compose for and conduct his choir. His works are a standard in KAJ – most famously with Shir Hama’alos of Motzei Shabbos and used as a hymenial, much of the High Holiday repertoire, and the arrangement of the old festival themes for choir and chazan.
A more extensive look at the choir and its songbook is needed.