Jacob Finkle, Music Director
Jacob Finkle is in his second year of serving as the music director of Seattle Jewish Chorale. Finkle teaches K-5 General Music at Silver Firs Elementary in Everett, WA. He received a BA in Music from Vassar College with a correlate sequence in Early British Literature. At Vassar, he served as the conductor of the Camerata Choir, a student-run early music group. Upon completion of his degree, he moved to Seattle, WA where he recently completed an MM in Choral Conducting and a Music Education Teaching Certification at the University of Washington. As part of his degree, he served as the Non-Residential Differential Fellow for the Men’s Glee Club. Finkle also currently serves as the Conductor of the University Unitarian Church’s Intergenerational Choir and as the Conductor of the Herzl Ner Tamid High Holidays Choir. Finkle is also an avid SCUBA diver and goes diving whenever his increasingly busy schedule permits.
Harumi Makiyama, Accompanist
A native of Fukuoka, Japan, pianist Harumi Makiyama is now in her 7th season with Seattle Jewish Chorale, where she currently serves as a pianist. Makiyama earned her Graduate Diploma and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, as well as Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan. She has recently received her Doctor of Musical Art degree in Piano Performance from University of Washington. Her dissertation, entitled Mental Preparation for Piano Performance Using Principles of Aikido, looks for an intervention for Musical Performance Anxiety (MPA) in ancient wisdom, the Shinto and Zen bases of the Japanese martial art of Aikido.
Tim Morrisey, Tenor Section Leader
Timothy Morrisey received both his Bachelors of Music in Education (2003) and Masters of Music in Performance (2005) from the Julia E. Crane School of Music in New York. While attending Crane Mr. Morrisey had the opportunity to tour Europe as a featured soloist of the elite Crane Chamber Choir, in partnership with the Ottawa Choral Society. Among his awards are recipient of the 1997 Outstanding Musician Scholarship (Chautauqua County) and the Brotherhood Award (2001), given by the National Music Fraternity Phi Mu Alpha to non-members for achieving excellence in musicianship while exhibiting the ideals of the Brotherhood. From 2002 to 2009 Mr. Morrisey joined the faculty at the renowned Crane Youth Music Program as a professor of conducting. After graduating, Mr. Morrisey moved to Gainesville, Florida where he was an active member of the music community. He is a former member of the University of Florida Glee Club, Jacaré Brazil, UF Motet Choir, a member of Canto Verista Camerata since its inception in 2005, and has sung as a guest soloist and chorister for a number of student recitals at the University. Mr. Morrisey was recently the Director of Music at St. Augustine's Church and Assistant Director of Music at Holy Faith Catholic Church, both in Gainesville. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Music at Santa Fe College. Since moving to Washington Mr. Morrisey has joined the prestigious rosters of Illumni Men’s Chorale, Choral Arts, and Seattle Jewish Chorale. Mr. Morrisey is the Director of Music at the Prince of Peace Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington, and teaches voice and piano at his music studio in the Everett area.
Rachel Rosenman, Soprano Section Leader
Rachel is proud to be a founding member of the Seattle Jewish Chorale (SJC). She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Women's Studies from Brandeis University and an M.A. in Organizational Development from Antioch University Seattle. Rachel has sung in choirs since the fifth grade and in Jewish choirs since her days singing with the Temple Emanuel Youth Choir in Newton, MA under the direction of Cantor Charles Osborne. She has been privileged to sing in Germany and the Czech Republic and was one of three featured soloists singing the Dedication Anthem for The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, MA. As a child, Rachel studied violin, flute and piano, but eventually left them all to pursue an athletic career as a gymnast, figure skater, soccer player and dancer. Many years later, as an early childhood educator, Rachel enjoyed teaching preschoolers how to spell their own names through music, as well as teaching her nephew the amazing "Baby Shark" song with accompanying hand gestures. Today, Rachel most values facilitating relationship-building and community engagement and appreciates her work as the LIFE & LEGACY Associate at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. She is continuously inspired by the generosity and love shared among the SJC membership which extends also to the network of people and organizations that support SJC's mission.
Naomi Adele Smith, Alto Section Leader
Naomi has participated in choirs and instrumental ensembles since childhood. In addition to her involvement with SJC, which she joined in 2011, she sings and plays keyboards/synthesizers for Johnny Unicorn and Jesse Mercury (local rock bands). When not rehearsing or performing music, Naomi can often be found managing events at Puzzle Break, an escape-room venue in Seattle that specializes in team building. Her favorite leisure activities include making album art, helping to produce videos and shows, playing board games, hula hooping, contra dancing, reading sci-fi and fantasy, and all kitchen-related activities.