About the Choir
The Udiana Choir (formerly, Kolot Hasadeh) was founded by Anat Aharoni at Kibbutz
Harduf in 2004. The choir numbers 23 singers from the Jezreel Valley and the north of Israel.
The choir is a meeting place for people who wish to create quality music, together, through
joint listening. The deep commitment to this creative partnership is also the basis for the
personal musical development of each member of the choir.
The choir sings a cappella, focusing mainly on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries,
singing songs from different periods and styles. In performances, the choir integrates
elements of improvisation, movement, speech, and rhythm. Stemming from the desire to
support Israeli composers, and with the aim of being a part of the Israeli music scene, every
year we invite another Israeli composer to create an original piece for our program.
The choir is highly regarded by its listeners, and has performed on some of the best stages
in Israel and visited abroad. We believe in the healing power of music and appear twice
yearly on a voluntary basis for people with special needs or disadvantaged communities. In
addition, the choir participates in the "Culture Basket" sponsored by the Ministry of
Education, and adapts the material to suit youth audiences.
In 2016 we created a program entitled "Silence" in conjunction with the Israeli Brass
Quintet. In 2017 the subject was “My Soul Returns to the Fire”, where we explored the
quality of fire in our lives. In early 2018, we participated in a festive concert to mark the
100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, performing Bernstein’s Chichester and
Bach's Magnificat in collaboration with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Later in the
year, we performed a program at the Vox Femina Festival and other venues, entitled “Like
Clay in the Hand of the Creator”, devoted to women in music and mythology.
Udiana has received partial support from the Ministry of Culture and Sport since 2012.
We are grateful for the music, which reveals the fascinating paths before us, and to
the loyal audience who have accompanied us over the years and are partners in our search.
Conductor and Musical Director
Anat completed a Master’s degree in Conducting at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem
with Mr. Stanley Sperber. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University in
Orchestra and Choir Conducting with Mr. Mendi Rodan, and in Musicology and
An experienced conductor, voice teacher, composer, and arranger.
“For me, the Udiana Choir is a space where I can search for the truth without
boundaries, looking for an internal voice, both for me and the group, exploring the
music and the beauty that is created when they work together.”
Once again I had the opportunity to work with this excellent group. It is clear to me that the choir has strengthened and become worthy of praise, and is even more musical and exciting. I have no doubt that they deserve all the encouragement and support they need to fulfill their wonderful potential. I expect that with the choir’s high vocal level, with the correct cultivation, together with their energetic and very talented conductor, Anat Aharoni, will surely bring great happiness to young and old audiences, and as a result they will make a huge contribution to the vocal arena in Israel.
During the past year I was honored together with the Israeli Brass Quintet to participate in a special and unusual concert with the Udiana Choir and its conductor, Anat Aharoni. The concert was originally constructed with difficult and challenging materials. In every concert they sang beautifully at a very high standard. We finished each concert with a feeling of wonder that we had just experienced something deep and meaningful. I warmly recommend this amazing choir. Their seriousness, the level of singing, and the depth of their work make them a choir of the first degree in Israel, and worthy of significant support.
Manager of the Conservatory of Music at Mevasseret Zion and member of the Israeli
Conductor and Composer
I experienced both admiration and envy at a concert of the Udiana Choir, conducted by Anat Aharoni. Any link to the "Werther" opera by Massenet is by association only.
The concert by the Udiana Choir, based in Kibbutz Harduf (north of Alonei Abba), aroused admiration for the clear clean singing and the pleasant appearance (of the men too!) and envy of the lifestyle of the ensemble participants; as indicated by the website of the Udiana Choir.
The program of compositions by women (or of women, such as Monteverdi's "Lamento L’Arianna") was well edited. We were brought into the picture – into an atmosphere that can, without exaggeration, be called a "magical atmosphere" -- with Hildegard von Bingen, and from her to contemporary works by Lotem Azner, Carlotta Ferrari, Neomi Atar, Tsippi Fleischer, Hagar Kadima (especially interesting), and Naomi Shemer. At the end, we were treated to a piece arranged by the choir conductor, Anat Aharoni: Yitzhak Adel's "Prayer for Rain" (Tfillat Hageshem), with the words "Rain, Rain, Sighing a Field from Heat" by Levin Kipnis, and her piece "Land" (Adama) with words by Khalil Gibran.
And more: The performance by the Udiana Choir was the central event of Vox Femina yesterday ... After the concert, I considered comparing this intimate event that evoked enthusiasm due to the polished singing of pieces that in the main are not typically highlighted but rather good, interesting songs; with the blander performance of the Werther opera…
It really was a pleasure in every way: The choice of the unusual repertoire, the varied structure of the program, the developments on stage from the very first moment, the flowing passages connecting one song to another, the aesthetic ‘look’ of the choir, [...] the varied and moving directions to the choir members, and precise execution of the pieces in all their variety of styles. I was very happy to hear [...] all the subtleties of emotion expressed in the work in the singing of your choir. The piece by Hagar Kadima was presented with great force to the audience in all its complexity. [...] "In my garden" (Begani) moved me to tears and “Prayer for Rain” (Tfillat Hageshem) caused the rain to actually fall for two hours non-stop, concluding with a wonderful rainbow stretching across the sky. [...] Charming!!! It was a simply lovely experience.
Music Critic, Haaretz
The performance of the choir was certainly one of the best surprises I had at this year's music festival. [...] In some of the songs, Anat combined movement that perfectly matched the ability of the choir singers and conveyed a communal spirit, a genuine enjoyment of the ensemble's artistic work, and human warmth that touched
the hearts of the audience.
Dr. Michael Wolpe
Composer and Pedagogue
I had the opportunity more than once in the past few years to listen to the singing of this choir in live concerts throughout the country. On each occasion I was most
impressed by the results of Anat's work. She sets the bar high for her singers, which is expressed by the homogenous, clean, stylized singing and unique vocal aesthetics.
Conductor and Musical Director
Rika Bar Sela
Editor, Kol Hamusika
The program is beautiful, interesting, varied, and undoubtedly a real challenge. The chorus has its own ‘color’, and it is beautiful, and its members respond to what you ask of them. You, Anat, are radiant and radiating, and the choir responds, and it is so wonderful to see and hear. [...] Regards, and thanks for the lovely evening.
Many thanks for the wonderful concert! It is a beautiful program and the direction of the content is lovely. I have the greatest respect for your high quality work, which is evident in every detail. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance of the piece! It is so much fun to work with you!
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