Steve has been a regular guest lecturer at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Sacred Music in New York for more than ten years. His presentations on contemporary Jewish music have been heard by scores of cantorial students who have used his concepts to balance contemporary music with the more traditional Jewish modes. He has also been a guest panelist at the American Conference of Cantors’ national convention.
Many of his songs are being used in synagogue worship services, Jewish summer camps, and religious schools all around the country. Dropkin is widely regarded as a major new composer of contemporary Jewish music and liturgy.
Steve's songs have been heard on in-flight music programming, and his powerful song, If Not Now, When?, was chosen as the New Jersey State Anthem for the first World AIDS Day commemoration. He has been a finalist in the American Jewish Song Festival, as well as the Zionist Organization of America Song Contest. His composition Hashkiveinu was the winner of the first-ever Shalshelet Choral Festival.
Steve Dropkin’s music has been published by Transcontinental Music Publications (Union for Reform Judaism), the largest publisher of Jewish music in the world. Transcontinental and the URJ has included more than 25 of Steve’s songs in various projects. You can find his work in The Complete Shireinu, The Complete Jewish Songbook, Shabbat Anthology I, II and VII, and The Complete Jewish Songbook for Children: Manginot II. Several of his songs are included on the Ruach: New Jewish Tunes compilation albums and companion songbooks as well as in the first Nigun Anthology. Steve was a contributor to the Torah Alive music curriculum. New arrangements of three of Steve’s major liturgical pieces (Shalom Rav, Oseh Shalom, and Hashkiveinu) have been released by Transcontinental as choral settings for synagogue choir. His music is also included in the American Conference of Cantors’ Chazzan’s Life-Cycle Manual.
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