Pizmon is the co-ed Jewish a cappella group from Columbia University, Barnard College, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Since its inception in 1986 as the first Collegiate Jewish a cappella group, Pizmon has traveled to hundreds of communities in the New York metropolitan area, across the country, and around the world, to offer Jewish music as a source of inspiration and community outreach. While Pizmon is a student-run group, its main focus is off campus, centered on Jewish communities around the world. During a typical academic year, Pizmon will perform for more than fifty audiences ranging from Jewish day schools to homes for the elderly to entire communities.
Pizmon was started in 1986 by four members of the Columbia University community who sought to bring Jewish music to homes for the elderly. Over the years, the group has grown to sixteen people and has significantly expanded its audience and mission. Although the group changes every year, as old members graduate and new members arrive, the spirit and energy of the group continues to grow. Ultimately, the original spirit of the group remains, whether it is performing in front of a concert hall of a thousand or a group of 10 Hebrew School students.
In the early 90's, Pizmon added its now annual Musical Outreach Initiative during the University Spring Break. Every year the group travels to different communities across the globe, bringing spirit, song, and love of Judaism wherever it goes. Past Musical Outreach Initiative destinations have included Poland, Hungary, Israel, England, France, Germany, Argentina, the Ukraine and various regions of the United States. In 2010, Pizmon had the wonderful experience of traveling to the United Kingdom. The group traveled to Cardiff, Wales and three cities in England and brought a love of Jewish culture to many diverse audiences. These trips are funded exclusively by our regional concerts, CD sales, and donations, as we are a strictly not-for-profit group. As such, all donations we receive go directly towards subsidizing the group's future travel.
Pizmon continually strives to have a community-wide impact. As such, the group gladly performs at any and all public community events and venues, including, but not limited to Jewish Day Schools, homes for the elderly, Synagogues, and Jewish Community Centers. Due to the group's busy performance and academic schedules and particular desire to impact communities as a whole, Pizmon is unfortunately unable to perform for personal weddings or bar/bat mitzvahs.
For more information on how to contact Pizmon for a future event, visit www.pizmon.org.