Margie Rosenthal is equally comfortable singing Jewish folk and liturgical music, classical music, or popular music. She is a graduate of UCLA where she earned a Masters Degree in Special Education.
Since moving to Portland in the early 70's she has donated her musical talents to help support local Jewish groups. She has been an active soloist and music teacher for the past 30 years.
In addition to her music career, Margie remains committed to her work teaching children with reading disabilities. Her tireless volunteer efforts resulted in the Song of Miryam Award
Margie began teaching and performing Jewish music during high school, and began recording with her good friend, Ilene Safyan in 1987. Gifted with a clear, natural soprano voice, Margie is equally comfortable singing Jewish folk and liturgical music, classical music, or popular music. She and Ilene perform concerts and teach workshops throughout the United States and Canada.
Ilene Safyan was profoundly influenced by her local community in Pittsburgh. Her grandfather, an Orthodox Rabbi, taught her Hebrew and instilled in her a love of Jewish learning. Her grandmother gave her a love of Jewish family and heritage, and her parents were always singing.
Ilene performs cantorial responsibilities for two synagogues in Portland and teaches voice to private students. She is also a composer and music arranger.
She has spent her life developing a vast and eclectic repertoire of music, which includes folk, opera, klezmer, as well as sacred music.
Music in this collection courtesy of Margie Rosenthal & Ilene Safyan.