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About Judy

Judy Kessler is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is well-versed in Classical and Jazz performance. Her original compositions and arrangements have been featured  on her CD, Secret Words, and with her prior groups , The French Classical Jazz Ensemble and Savoy Truffle. 

She has shared the concert stage with McCoy Tyner, done film score recording with Jenifer Holiday, recording work for Bobby Short (of Cafe Carlyle fame) , music installations for  John Cage, and private engagements for Byron Janis. She worked as  Musical Director/Accompanist for shows at Georgetown University, the JCC of Greater Washington, the JCC of Clifton, NJ.

Ms Kessler is  currently Musical Director for (Summer) Camp Habima of Passaic, NJ.   She was Director of Music at Sharing The Arts (a performing arts school in Hawthorne, NJ,   for  children with special needs). She was accompanist for  Temple Beth Rishon, Adath Shalom  and Montclair Kimberly Academy from 2014-2020, and maintains a private piano/vocal  studio in Hawthorne, NJ. She is also an adjudicator for piano auditions for Music Educators Association of New Jersey  and the New Jersey Federation Music Club. She has been the pianist for CJSO On The Go (classical chamber group) from 2014 to the present.