Progressive Conservative Judaism
Beth Shalom of Whittier
Most of our services conducted by Hazzan Tapper are accompanied by our masterful accompanist and choir Director, Mark Peterson.
Mark Peterson, M.A, M.M, began playing the piano at age 6, and the violin at age 9. In high school, he studied composition privately with Dr. Daniel Robbins, composing in various styles–from Baroque inventions to serial compositions. After winning two Frederic Chopin piano awards, he attended California Lutheran College, winning the Amy Lee Arney Piano award. After earning a credential from CSU Northridge in English and Music, he began teaching English and Choral Music at the high school level, first at Bloomington High School, then at Whittier High School. In 2000, he began working full time at Cypress College teaching music, and accompanying choirs and musical theater. Mark began working with Cantor Lance Tapper in 2003, accompanying Shabbat services on the organ at Beth Shalom in Bermuda Dunes. Since 2011, he has produced an interdenominational choir festival every Spring at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, composing the mass choir piece at each festival. In 2012, he completed his greatest work: A New Nation, a musical drama based upon the epic struggle between Jacob and Esau. It premiered in Texas in 2013.
During our Selihot, High Holyday, and other specially selected services throughout the year, our magnificent choir, the Beth Shalom Singers, add their beautiful voices to our services. When the Beth Shalom Singers are on the bimah, conducted by Mark Peterson, this mixed group of congregants, Beth Shalom extended family, and professional singers heighten our enjoyment of the liturgical experience and lift us to new heights. Make sure to check our Mishpacha for the dates and times of the services in which they participate.
The Music of Beth Shalom