About Us

The Colorado Hebrew Chorale is a non-auditioned community choir.

Our members are Orthodox; Conservative; Reform; Reconstructionist: Unaffiliated and non-Jewish

Our members are people who work full time; retirees; students and teachers.

Our members range in age from 14 to 80 – and counting!

Our members sometimes miss rehearsals and/or performances, because when you are an adult “life happens”.

If you love to sing (and can carry a tune) and want to learn many different types of Jewish music, please come check us out!

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We will teach you how to pronounce the words! We have a skills class to help you learn the basics of reading music!

We meet every Monday night (check the rehearsal calendar to be sure) at the Hebrew Educational Alliance 3600 S Ivanhoe St, Denver CO

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Skills class: 7:00 – 7:30PM Regular rehearsal 7:30 – 9:30PM


About our Musicians

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In addition to our regular accompanist, Travis Yamamoto, many guest instrumentalists join the Chorale for performances. We have been lucky enough to have drummers, violinists, clarinetists, guitarists, cellists and trumpet players join us through the years.

Most of these musicians support our mission and donate their services. Their talent adds a special dimension to our performances, and we appreciate them very much.

If you would like to join our list of instrumentalist, contact Carol Kozak Ward at (303) 355-0232.


Carol Kozak Wardcarol

Founder and Music Director, Colorado Hebrew Chorale

For over thirty years, Carol Kozak Ward has been an educator, performer, conductor and specialist in the Hebrew choral repertoire.

She has given presentations on Jewish choral music at both State and National choral director conventions, and has taught at a variety of public, private and parochial schools and universities.
In addition, Ms. Ward is an advocate of contemporary choral music. She includes newly somposed works in her programming and has commissioned works by such composers as Gerald Cohen, Martin Bresnick, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis.

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Ms. Ward holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Yale University School of Music as well as an M.A. in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As an undergraduate at New York University, she majored in Near Eastern Studies and spent her junior year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Originally from Connecticut, Ms. Ward and her family lived in Haifa, Israel for six years before relocating to Colorado in 1991.

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Leah Peer

Director, Kol Nashim

Leah Peer holds degrees in piano performance from the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She had many years of experience directing treble choirs at the Kadimah School and at Amherst Bel Canto choirs, both in Buffalo, NY.  For the past six years, Leah has sung with the Colorado Hebrew Chorale, and has served on its board since 2008.

Travis Yamamototravis

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Pianist, Colorado Hebrew Chorale

Travis Yamamoto has worked as a pianist and/or musical director for Country Dinner Playhouse, the Carousel Dinner Theatre, Heritage Square Music Hall, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Littleton Town Hall, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

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An active composer, he is the winner of a composition award from the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, has had two works featured on the required repertoire list of the Junior Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and has been the recipient of awards from the ASCAP Standards Awards Panel.

Mr. Yamamoto holds degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Southern California.