Anna has been Ne’imah’s conductor and music director since the chorus started in 1992. Anna received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in choral conducting, musical theory and piano teaching at the School of Music and the Academy of Music in the Ukraine, Russia. Anna gained extensive experience in conducting, piano teaching and composing both in Russia and in the Albany area. Among her compositions are arrangements of Jewish choral music which Ne’imah has performed over the years. Anna’s talent, professionalism, dedication and patience have contributed to Ne’imah’s longevity and to Ne’imah becoming the Capital’s Region ambassador of Jewish choral music.
Rebecca Benjamin holds an AS in Music Performance, a BM and MM in Music Education, from Schenectady County Community College and the Crane School of Music, respectively, and an MS in Literacy from the State University of New York at Albany. Currently Rebecca serves as the organist at the Niskayuna Reformed Church, and as a reading specialist and chorus teacher at Gardner-Dickinson School. Additionally, Rebecca accompanies for school districts and theatre companies throughout the capital region. Rebecca is pursuing her PhD in Educational Theory and Practice at SUNY Albany, where her research focuses on the connections between teaching sound-print correspondence and literacy in language and music.