Old Haifa Symphony Orchestra
Composer and pianist Frank Peleg, and violin teacher Zvi Rotenberg founded Haifa Symphony Orchestra in 1950. Frank Peleg served as Music Director of the Orchestra for ten years, during which time the permanent conductor was Georg singer. He was succeeded by musical directors and/or permanent conductors Sergiu Comissiona, Avi Ostrowsky, Mendi Rodan, Samuel Freedman, Yuval Zaliouk, Dan Fogel, Uri Tepliz, Urs Schneider, Stanley Sperber and Christian Mandeal.
Narrated Concerts for Families and Youths
This endeavor was one of the Foundation's traditional initiatives. It afforded relatively young audiences to hear narrated concerts. Haifa Symphony Orchestra, whose purpose is to prepare the next generation of classical music fans, performs the concerts as an educational activity.
Haifa Symphony Orchestra
Musical Director: Maestro Xu Zhong
Director: Motti Eines
Haifa Symphony Orchestra is an integral and important part of the cultural life of the residents of Haifa and the North. The Orchestra is deeply rooted in Haifa, but is invited to perform many concerts all over Israel and to many international festivals, and serves as a cultural ambassador, well-known and in demand all over the world.
Bat Shir Choir
Bat Shir Choir is a superb vocal ensemble specializing in a wide repertoire and high performance level. Bat Shir is a unique educational-artistic project that works to reveal, teach and develop local talents in the field of vocal art, by creating musical educational continuum: singers grow under one roof while developing professionally, personally and as a group.
"Beat" Music School
"Beat" Music School, founded in 2006, operates as part of "Beat" Music and Culture Center, headed by Yuval Kaufman. It has about 250 students, aged 10-30, from Haifa and the North. Haifa Arts Foundation supports scholarships for disadvantaged students, allowing the North's future musicians to acquire musical education in a warm supporting environment.
In a ceremony held at the municipality's Convention Hall in January 2016, the Fund awarded 10 scholarships to outstanding students of the school.
In a ceremony held at the municipality's Convention Hall in January 2018, the Fund awarded 10 scholarships to outstanding students of the school.
Music Scholarships 2020
Haifa Arts Foundation bestowed fifty scholarships to outstanding music students, Including ten from Beat Music School
This year, no ceremony took place because of the Corona virus.
Nave Yosef Community Center Orchestra
The Jewish-Arabic Orchestra is a unique formation of 15 Jews, Christians and Muslims (ages 14-24) from eastern Haifa. The orchestra, which performed in Israel, Germany and Poland in 2015, has a repertoire combining Jewish, Israeli, Arabic, ethnic, classical and world music. The orchestra performs arrangements of works by Bach, Jerusalem of Gold, Hallelujah, and also strings of songs in Moroccan and in Arabic by singers such as Firuz and Farid al-Atrash, etc. Idan Sharon is the Musical Director of the Orchestra.
The Music Department - School of the Arts, University of Haifa The Dr. Hecht Arts Center
In January 2016, at a scholarships awarding ceremony held in the City's Convention Hall, attended by Mrs. Hedva Almog, Deputy and Substitute Mayor of Haifa; Mrs. Bracha Sela, Secretary General and and Substitute Chair of the Foundation's board; and Mrs. Aviva Spigelstein, Foundation Director; scholarship recipients and their families. Haifa Arts Foundation awarded a scholarship to student Liat Leibel, a student of the Music Department's School of the Arts.
Jam Ham - Haifa Youth Concert
The Haifa Cultural Foundation, in collaboration with the Haifa Municipality, supported the production of the "Jam Ham" concert, which took place at Gan Haem on September 28, 2021, under the artistic direction of Heidi Lipman Yosef and under the direction of Idan Alterman. The concert (free admission) was supported by the Ministry of Culture, and students from the following music schools took part:
Young Musicians Competitions
Haifa Arts Foundation gives awards to winners of various competitions for young musicians who Excel in their field. These awards help musicians continue to create and play, and be exposed to music-loving audiences, such as the Haifa Symphony Orchestra's subscriptions and subscriptions of the Haifa Chamber Music Society.
Young Pianist Competition 2014
Haifa Arts Foundation gave financial rewards to musicians who have won the first three places in the Young Pianist Competition 2014. In addition, the winners were booked to play in special concerts of The Haifa Chamber Music Society and first place winner, Michael Haj, From the Rubin Conservatory, was invited to perform as a soloist in a concert in the Classic Friday series with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra.
Young Player Competition 2010
Haifa Arts Foundation awarded winners of the first three places in the Young Player Competition. The competition took place as part of the 6thYotzrim Yotzim Festival in 2010, produced by the Youth Authority, municipality of Haifa and sponsored by Haifa Arts Foundation, Haifa Chamber Music Society and Haifa Symphony Orchestra. Seventeen classical music players—on piano, strings and wind instruments—from local music schools, grades 9 to 12, submitted into the competition. Eight of them made it to the final stage.
Young Player Competition 2009
Violinist Amir Liberson, student of the Samuel Rubin Conservatory in Haifa, won first prize from Haifa Arts Foundation at the Young Player Competition that was part of 2009 Yotzrim Yotzim Festiva, produced by the Youth Authority of the municipality of Haifa. Liberson played at the award concert with Haifa Symphony Orchestra.
Reuven Ben-Zvi Memorial Competition, 2003
Haifa Symphony Orchestra held a young talents competition in memory of veteran Ma'ariv journalist, the late Reuven Ben-Zvi, who served as head of Ma'ariv's desk in Haifa.
The concert took place on Independence Day 2003; Haifa Arts Foundation gave prizes to the three winners of the first prizes, from the Kalman Ginsburg Trust.
Music Scholarships 2020
Haifa Arts Foundation bestowed fifty scholarships to outstanding music students, ten from each of the following institutes:
- Youval Music and Youth Orchestras Center
- Dunie Weizman Conservatory of Music
- The Rubin Conservatory of Music, Haifa
- Alcarmel Music Association
- Beat Music School
Because of the Corona virus, no ceremony took place this year.
2015 Music Scholarships
In a ceremony, which took place in Haifa Municipality's Conference Hall on the 11th of January 2016, attended by:
- Mrs. Hedva Almog - Deputy and Substitute Mayor of Haifa
- Mrs. Bracha Sela – Substitute Chair of the Foundation's Board
- Mrs. Aviva Spigelstein – Foundation Director
- Old Haifa Symphony Orchestra
- Narrated Concerts for Families and Youths
- Haifa Symphony Orchestra
- Bat Shir Choir
- Haifa Big Band Orchestra
- The Rubin Conservatory of Music, Haifa
- "Beat" Music School
- Youval Music Center – Music and Youth Orchestras
- "Dunie Weizman" Conservatory of Music
- "Alcarmel" Music Association
- Nave Yosef Community Center Orchestra
- The Music Department - School of the Arts, University of Haifa The Dr. Hecht Arts Center
- Authorizing Haifa: A Colorful and Unique Celebration in Haifa
- Jam Ham - Haifa Youth Concert
- Young Musicians Competitions
- Young Pianist Competition 2014
- Young Player Competition 2010
- Young Player Competition 2009
- Reuven Ben-Zvi Memorial Competition, 2003
- Music Scholarships 2021
- Music Scholarships 2020
- Music Scholarships 2018
- 2015 Music Scholarships
- 2014 Music Scholarships
- 2011 Music Scholarships
- 2010 Music Scholarships
- Scholarships for Alumni Musicians
- Production of CDs of Outstanding Artists
- The Haifa Chamber Music Society
- Haifa Music Center
- "Septima" Association
- Orthodox Church Music Club