We’re thrilled that Ben Norton is a member of the 2022-23 cohort of the Sing Unto God Teen Songleading Fellowship. Led by Cantor Rosalie Will, 21 teens from across North America will be meeting regularly over the next several months to sharpen their songleading, leadership, and community building skills. The Temple will be integrating Ben into the life of our community as we look to engage emerging leaders in our worship and work.
The Temple wants to give Ben a big Mazel Tov!
The SUG Teen Songleader Fellowship Program Overview
Open to 8th – 12th grade teens from across North America, this prestigious, application-only, 8-month fellowship includes both instructional and experiential learning:
A three-day retreat November 11-13, 2022, in synagogues in Baltimore. You’ll lead Friday night and Saturday morning worship for the congregation; master class with each other how to teach music; build religious school music rotations and lead them in real time on Sunday morning; and receive useful feedback from peers and congregation professionals.
Support from a local, on-the-ground staff mentor (clergy or educator) who will help you complete monthly “action assignments” such as teaching and leading music in your community, and will offer you professional development and support.
8 monthly Zoom meetings from October through May with subject experts on teaching repertoire, pedagogy of working with early childhood students in music, religious school music rep and strategy, prayer and teen leadership, working with staff/professionals, how to memorize songs, how to choose repertoire, how to pivot and have “back-pocket” song plans, and more.
The opportunity to learn from a group of like-minded peers who share a love of singing Jewish music, building networks and friendships to last beyond the Fellowship.
Ongoing consideration for participation in future songleading gatherings and community programs and events as you move through your leadership journey.