Inspired by the dynamic leadership, of the late Rabbi Ronald Lubofsky, Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn, President, and the hardworking Choir chairman, committee and choristers work tirelessly at their stated objective: "To promote the liturgical and cultural music of the Jewish people in Hebrew and other languages from the wide and varied background of their historical and contemporary experience through choral music of the finest virtuosity and excellence".
From its debut in 1998 with the touring Johannesburg Jewish Male Choir, the Melbourne Jewish Male Voice Choir established itself as an ensemble like no other choir before it in Australia. Since then it has gone from success to success under the brilliant directorship of Choirmaster and Musical Director, Brett Kaye; a Chazzan and soloist of repute in his own right; with Melbourne Jewish music stalwart, Assistant Musical Director Adrian Bartak; musician, arranger and teacher, at his side.
The formal debut of the Choir at its own inaugural concert in the St Kilda Synagogue at the end of 1999 was an outstanding success that firmly established the Choir as the premier Jewish vocal ensemble in Australia.
The choir has continued to perform with great distinction throughout the Jewish Community. Several concerts in its own right at at various venues and guest appearances on behalf of various community and other organisations, have greatly enhanced the profile and standard of the Choir's performances, heightening the awareness of the richness of our Jewish musical heritage.
In an outstanding debut tour to Sydney in 2003 the Sydney community filled the 1800 seat Central Synagogue for a concert where the MJMVC was joined by the Central Synagogue Choir for a few numbers to great effect. They also treated synagogue goers to their magic during regular Sabath services on this tour and commenced a collaboration with Russell Ger, Central's Synagogues talented choirmaster and an emerging orchestral conductor.
The Choir has performed at the highest level with Orchestra Victoria in 2004 performing a number of unique arrangements of Jewish Music for Choir and Orchestra, and with visiting Cantor, Yitzchak Meir Helfgot in 2005.
Rabbi Philip Helibrunn, President.
Soloist, Musical Director and Choirmaster for the Melbourne Jewish Male Voice Choir Brett Kaye discovered his love for Jewish music at the age of 6, when he joined the Great Synagogue Choir in Durban South Africa. Ten years later, he succeeded his father as conductor of the choir, a position he held until his immigration to Melbourne in 1993. On arrival in Melbourne Brett took up the position of Musical Director of both the North Eastern Synagogue Choir and the Keren Or Choir.
It was at this time that Brett commenced his formal training in operatic studies, which culminated in him winning the coveted "Lygon Street Festa Best New Voice of the Year" award sponsorship, by the then Victorian State Opera His prize was a ticket and scholarship to study opera in Italy and London. He subsequently appeared in various operatic appearances including the tenor solo in Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the Sydney Opera House.
Brett teaches at Mount Scopus College in Melbourne, and spent a year at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, studying towards his Master's Degree in Jewish Education. It was during this time, that he studied Chazzanut under Naftali Herstik, arguably one of the greatest Cantors of all time.
Brett is currently Cantor of the Central Shule in Melbourne, and Musical Director and soloist of the Melbourne Jewish Male Voice Choir and a sought after performer .