Beth Shalom of Whittier
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.
The Music of Beth Shalom
Beth Shalom's finest! Ann Kanahele, Alberto Herrera, and Isaac Herrera, round out the service accompaniment for Rabbi Osnat each Friday she is on the Bima. Come hear how they add to the beauty of the service through music!
Alberto holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Whittier College. He studied piano performance at the National School of Music (UNAM) in Mexico City. He taught piano for over ten years at the Los Angeles Music and Art School, a community based school for underprivileged students, which he directed for two years. Although music has been his passion, he earns his living as a consultant in Codes and Standards for the International Code Council and as an independent editor and translator. As Editor in Chief, he has published a series of technical books in Spanish and English. He published the Constructionary, a Spanish- English pocket dictionary, and is co-author of Learning Construction Spanglish both published by McGraw-Hill. He also taught Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture and Civilization courses at Whittier College for six years. Alberto also has graduate studies in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University where he received the Ronald McNair Scholars Award in 1993. He was also a recipient of the Whittier College Hispanic Alumni Association “Alianza de los Amigos Hall of Fame” 1998 Award.
Progressive Conservative Judaism