A professional singer eager to expand her knowledge of Yiddish music, Eve Schwartz first came to Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School in 1981. At that time she studied with two of the foremost authorities in Yiddish repertoire, Misha Alexandrovich and Mascha Benya. Since then she’s sung in various LMS choruses, and today you can find her singing Jewish choral music with Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale, conducted by Ben Gruder. Nashir! keeps Eve, who will celebrate her 95th birthday on March 1, connected to the music she loves. “Music has always been part of my life, and it was something that I felt I still wanted to be part of,” she says. “It’s also a challenge – there’s always new repertoire to learn.” Eve advises singers of any age to come and audition!
A lifelong New Yorker, Eve grew up in East Harlem and has lived in Jackson Heights since 1969. She particularly enjoys the mix of ages she encounters both in Nashir! and in the hallways at LMS. “When I see these little children who are 4 or 5 years old walking around with little tiny violins, I get a big kick out of that, and I think it’s wonderful. And there’s an Adult Division, too. LMS is a wonderful source of learning music for young and old. It’s open for everybody.”
Eve feels lucky that her parents started her with piano lessons as a child. “It certainly gave me the good background that I feel I still am benefiting from. It just was very helpful. I feel any child would benefit if they could study piano to begin with.”
Learn more about classes for children and adults at Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School.