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 Ward

Carol Kozak Ward, Founder and Music Director,

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For nearly forty years, Carol Kozak Ward has been active as an educator, performer, conductor and specialist in the Hebrew choral repertoire. Her most recent presentation,“The 4-H Club: Holocaust, Hanukkah, and High Holidays” took place at the North American Jewish Choral Festival in July, 2014, and in the past decade, she has also offered workshops on Jewish liturgical music for the Colorado chapter of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and the national conference of the Universalist-Unitarian Music Ministers.

Over her career as a music educator, Ms. Ward has taught at a variety of public, private, and parochial schools and universities, in Connecticut, New York, Colorado, and Israel. In addition, Ms. Ward is an advocate of contemporary choral works, regularly featuring new compositions and arrangements in her programs, and has commissioned composers such as Gerald Cohen, Martin Bresnick, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis.

Ms. Ward holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Yale University School of Music, where her teachers included Otto Werner Mueller, Paul Mueller, Fenno Health, and Johannes Somary. She has also performed in choruses under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Margaret Hillis, and Robert Shaw, and has participated in master classes with Howard Swan and Dale Warland. Ms. Ward also earned an M.A. in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University. 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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Director, Kol Nashim


Leah Peer founded Kol Nashim in October 2013, with the support of the CHC board of Directors. Ms Peer has been an active performing pianist for nearly forty years. She has established several chamber ensembles around the US, most recently Duo Firebird, with cellist Daria Joanna. She continues to perform with Ms Joanna in the greater metro Denver area.


Leah established a choral and general music program over the course of eight years at the Kadimah School of Buffalo. Her students and choirs participated in ACDA and NYSSMA festivals with distinction. She also served as assistant director with Amherst Bel Canto select choirs in Buffalo, NY.

She holds degrees in piano performance from the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Sincer 2007, Leah has sung with the Colorado Hebrew Chorale, and has served on its board since 2008.

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Pianist, Colorado Hebrew Chorale, Kol Nashim


Travis S. Yamamoto has worked as a pianist and/or musical director for Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, the Denver Civic Theatre, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Miners’ Alley Playhouse, the Evergreen Players and the Colorado Hebrew Chorale. Mr. Yamamoto is also active as a free-lance pianist and harpsichordist in vocal and instrumental chamber music, and has won awards in composition from The National Conference on Piano Pedagogy and the ASCAP Standard Awards Panel. Mr. Yamamoto holds degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder and the University of Southern California, and is currently a lecturer in music for the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado, Denver and is a member of Early Music Colorado, the Antique Phonograph Society and The College Music Society.