Leon Hyman has been choirmaster since 1955 at Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York City. Hyman, who studied conducting at Tanglewood with the noted choral conductor and teacher Hugh Ross, has also conducted opera in New York and Dallas, musicals in Japan and on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet tours of the former Soviet Union and the United States, and orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic, the Columbia Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Virtuosi, the Orchestra da Camera of Long Island, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with the New Jersey Ballet. His extensive experience conducting choral ensembles includes twenty-five years as director of the Montclair State University chorus. In 1977, he cofounded the New Philharmonic of New Jersey, of which he is music director and conductor. He has also served on the conducting faculties of The Juilliard School, Teachers College of Columbia University, and Montclair State.
By: Neil W. Levin