Performing Groups

We at the Conservatory place a special emphasis on chamber ensembles. These ensembles allow students to work on a challenging repertoire, to play in a group, and to benefit from individual work with each and every student.

The Conservatory offers 19 performing groups:

Symphony Orchestra

A joint symphonic orchestra of ~45 musicians for the Conservatory and the high school. The orchestra plays in many concerts, including at the Ministry of Education conferences, as part of the winter and summer festivals of the high school and the Conservatory, children’s concerts and more.


Conductor, Symphony orchestra:
Nimrod Gaon

Musical Director, Symphony orchestra:
Barak Yeivin
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Barak, born in Jerusalem in 1963, is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he studied conducting under Prof. Mendi Rodan. He earned his Master’s Degree at Indiana University where he studied under Prof. Myron Bloom. He also learned to play early horn and studied early
instrument building with Richard Seraphinoff, as well as with Jean Michel Mareau Paris.

Barak played first horn for many years with the Beersheba Sinfonietta, the Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestra, the Ra’anana Symphonette, theJerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and performed as a guest artist with various orchestras and ensembles in Israel and abroad. Barak has conducted and moderated family and children’s concerts for many years, with the Holon Habama Orchestra, the Rishon LeZion Symphony
Orchestra, the Ramat Gan Chamber Orchestra and others. He also teaches and conducts at workshops and at various ensembles.

For the past five years Barak has been the director of the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He also conducts the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and its wind Orchestra. Barak has been a member of the Israel Brass Quintet since 1998.


Wind Orchestra

The Wind Orchestra performs a diverse repertoire that includes original works, arrangements of the classical “golden repertoire”, Israeli music and jazz. The orchestra participates in various representative projects on behalf of the conservatory and the high school, which include special concerts, conferences and festivals. The orchestra holds rehearsals on a weekly basis, requires a high performance level and admission is conditional on an audition.

Hagay Haddad


Conductor, Wind Orchestra:
Hagay Haddad

String Orchestra

The young string orchestra unites advanced musicians suitable for orchestral playing, from grades 6-9. Playing in an orchestra provides experience in playing together, exposes the students to the entire string family with its nuances, and performs the best repertoire for string ensembles from the Baroque period to late Romanticism.


Instructor, String Orchestra:
Nimrod Gaon

Jewish Arab String Orchestra

Comprised of a diverse group of 20 Arab and Jewish students, the orchestra participates annually in the Jerusalem Seasons Festival, as well as in festivals hosted by the YMCA, Christmas concerts and performances in churches and halls throughout Jerusalem. Every summer, a music camp is held at Abraham House on the Mount of Olives, where orchestra members come together to advance their musical skills and foster social connections through diverse activities. The experience culminates in a joyous final concert.


Jewish Arab Orchestra:
Robert Canetti
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Robert Canetti- violinist, international conductor, professor
Honorary Master of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow
Professor of the Academy of Music in Astana, Kazakhstan
Emeritus Professor of the University of Indianapolis, formerly Athens Campus,

Teaches violin, chamber music, conducts an orchestra at the Conservatory of the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem and its branches.

Robert Canetti received his musical training first from the teachers Zvi Rotenberg and Rami Shevlov.

At the age of 18 he led the pro-music ensemble conducted by Dalia Atlas. At the age of 20 he was one of the leaders and soloist of the Israeli Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gary Bertini.

He received the continuation of his musical education in the USA, at the Golliard Summer School in New York, where he studied with Ivan Glamian and Sally Thomas, Golliard quartet. Played at the New York Opera and was principal violinist at various festivals in the USA, founded the New York. Hebrew Art School the fourth

In 1978, Robert Canetti was invited as principal violinist, conductor and soloist in the Haifa Orchestra.
In 1996, he established and managed an international music festival and an international violin competition named after him, the festival was unique in that it was once every year in a different country.
Maestro Canetti founded the “New Israeli Chamber Ensemble” which plays a diverse repertoire from baroque to modern music, and is considered the best of its kind in Israel.

Robert Canetti has performed as a violin, chamber music and conducting master at important academies around the world – Paris, Brussels, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Astana, Tokyo and more.

Orchestras that Canetti has played for include, among others, the Riga Philharmonic, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic – Russia, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Hermitage, the Astana Academy of Soloists, the Astana Philharmonic, and more

The original works for chamber orchestra by Robert Canetti- Schubert’s Quartet “The Maiden and Death” and Brahms’ Opus 18 Sextet, were performed for the first time in the “Bolshoi” Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.

Junior Wind Orchestra

Orchestra members are children aged 12-14 years who play a wide variety of wind instruments. The orchestra’s repertoire is rich and diverse; it includes classical pieces as well as arrangements of contemporary Israeli songs and pieces from musical shows and films.


Conductor, Wind Orchestra:
Hagay Haddad

Junior String Orchestra

For advanced musicians, grades 6-9. We focus on the basic principles of playing in an orchestra: listening, rhythm, dynamics and intonation, as well as style, building musical sentences and more.


Conduuctor, Junior String Orchestra
Ilya Zhuravel

Ilya was born in Moscow, Russia. He studied music in Russia, the Netherlands (the Maastricht Conservatory of Music) and the US (the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music). Upon moving to Israel, he developed a solid orchestra career, playing under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, Frederick Chaslin and Omer Wellber, among others. In addition to his current position as an Assistant Principal Violist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, he serves as a Project Director at the Jerusalem Conservatory.

Beginning String Orchestra

For string players in their early years who are suitable for orchestral playing. We focus on the basic principles of playing in an orchestra: listening, rhythm, dynamics and intonation, style, building musical sentences and more.


Intructor, Beginning String Orchestra:
Diana Lupo

Diana Lupo was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and grew up in New Jersey, USA. She began violin lessons at the age of 4 and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Mannes College of Music and a Master of Music from Yale University. She then completed her studies at the Sibelius Academy in Finland as a recipient of a Fulbright Grant. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, US, and Israel, and has been featured on French and Israeli radio. After completing her studies, she played in the Finnish National Opera orchestra for 10 years. Presently Diana is a member of the first violin section in the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

Jewish Arab Oriental Ensemble

Guided by both Jewish and Arab teachers, the ensemble aims to bridge the gap between Jewish and Arab students, families, and communities who, although geographically close, have remained disconnected. Through separate group work, joint rehearsals, and festive performances, the program fosters meaningful connections and cultural exchange.


Co-instructors. Jewish Arab Oriental Ensemble
Noga Bor and Wissam Mourad


Saxophone Quintet

A saxophone quintet under the guidance of Prof. Gersh Geller performs a wide variety of repertoire in different styles – classical, jazz and klezmer. They won a prize in the outstanding klezmer competition in Tel Aviv in June 2023, performed at the chamber music festival in Eilat, and the quintet appears all over the country. Also, the members of the quintet volunteer to perform in hospitals for cancer patients.


Instructor, Saxophone Quintet:
Gersh Geller


Guitar ensemble

The guitar ensemble has expanded a lot in recent years. Today there are quartets and trios of guitarists with many members. Along with the expansion of the ensembles, the repertoire also expanded. The receive praise by the audience during each concert.


Conductor, Guitar ensemble:
Irit Even-Tov

Irit Even-Tov is a graduate of Thelma Yelin School and the Academy of Music in Jerusalem where she studied with Prof. Joseph Yerushalmi. She also studied in international courses in France and Spain.
Irit Even Tov teaches at the conservatory, the music academy and the high school next to the academy in Jerusalem.

In the three institutions, she teaches students at various stages of playing, as well as instructing diverse guitar ensembles.

Over many years, her students have won national and international classical guitar competitions, as well as scholarships from the America Israel Cultural Foundation.
Many of her students are awarded the status of “outstanding musician” in the band, and take the matriculation exam in music and receive the highest grades.”

Harp ensemble

The Harp ensemble players participate in the “Yakinton Ensemble” (a group of national harp players). As part of it, Israel will be represented at the Harpes au Max International Harp Festival in Annecy, France in May 2023.


Coordinator, Harp Ensemble:
Sari Shemesh Shabtai

“The harpist and teacher Sheri Shemesh Shabtai was born in the city of Acre, at the age of 5 she began studying piano and at the age of 13 the harp under the guidance of Olga Moitlis in Haifa.
She served in the IDF as an outstanding musician. Graduated with a bachelor’s degree and an artist certificate from the Buchman Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, under the guidance of the late Mrs. Ruth Ma’ini.

She completed her master’s degree studies at the High School of Music at the Conservatory in Bloisan, Switzerland, under the guidance of Prof. Chantal Mathieu.

Has a resume of participation in many international competitions and enterprises. Played a solo recital on the Swiss radio RSR as well as on the “Youth in the Center” programs of the Voice of Music. She won many scholarships during her studies; Among them the American Israel Culture Foundation scholarship between 2006-2011, in addition to the Foundation scholarship for graduate studies abroad. and other scholarships.
Sherry plays in various orchestras in Israel, and also participates in various musical ensembles.
As a teacher with a rich resume – for the past decade she has been teaching in the “Playing School” project at the “Paula Ben Gurion” school in Jerusalem, and leads the harp class of the Jerusalem Academy of Music Conservatory. Its students take the Keren Sharet exams and other competitions.

In addition, she guides the joint harp ensemble of the conservatory and the academy high school.
The band of harps is expected to represent Israel at the Harpes au Max International Harp Festival to be held in Annecy, France in May 2023.”

Recorders ensemble

Starting in 2000, the Recorders Ensemble performs in many concerts, including as part of the Abu Gush festivals, “The Voice of Music in the Upper Galilee”, in live concerts for “The Voice of Music”, in prestigious series of the Academy including with the Beer Sheva Orchestra, and the Jerusalem Symphony.


Coordinator, Recorders Ensemble: 
Yael Shimshoni

Born in Haifa. Has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, in collaboration with the Department of Education at the Hebrew University. She appeared as a soloist with most of the orchestras in Israel: among others with the Israeli Chamberta Jerusalem, the Israel Philharmonic, the Israel Chamber, Tel Aviv Soloists and the Israel Broadcasting Authority Jerusalem Symphony.

In 2004 she appeared as a soloist with the “Amati Ensemble” in concerts in the Netherlands. She participated in the project “The Wanderings of the Lily – Israeli musicians on a journey to the golden age in Spain” at the Barcelona festival and in Israel, as well as in the chamber concert to mark the jubilee of the State of Israel in Berlin. In 2009 she held a concert tour in India and Nepal to mark Israel’s Independence Day.

She appeared as a soloist at the Israel Festival, the Abu Gush Festival, the Renaissance Festival in Haiyam and the “Voice of Music in the Upper Galilee” festival. As a member of the “Melzer Consort” bagpipe band, she made recordings for radio and television and performed all over the country, among other things in Michael Meltzer’s “Crazy Renaissance” production with Shlomo Gronich. She recorded three CDs with the Consort: Bach works, Israeli works, and artistic arrangements of Hasidic songs.

For 35 years, Yael has been a bagpipe teacher at the conservatory next to the Academy in Jerusalem, and in the process established her position as the main teacher in the field of wind instruments. She won the award for the outstanding teacher of the conservatory for the year 5639.

She regularly submits students to recitals and matriculation exams in music. Several of her students won scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and her students played as soloists with the Israel Broadcasting Authority Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and with the Jerusalem Israeli Camerata Orchestra.

The conservatory’s flute ensemble, which works regularly under her guidance, has performed in many concerts, including as part of the Abu Gush “Voice of Music in the Upper Galilee” festivals, the Voice of Music concerts live from the “Targ” center in Ein Kerem and in the Academy’s prestigious series, including collaboration with an orchestra Broadcasting Authority and Beer Sheva Sinfonietta.

For 20 years, Halilit has been teaching Mishnah instruments and teaching bagpipes to undergraduate and graduate students as part of the teacher training department at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.”

6 chamber music ensembles

Bringing together advanced musicians from grades 6-9, the orchestra focuses on the basic principles of playing in an orchestra: listening, rhythm, dynamics and intonation, as well as style, building musical sentences and more.

Instructors change yearly


Students take part in a number of events and performances through out the year. Many are open to the public. Take a look at the calendar of events to see what is coming up and experience the magic of the Conservatory!

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