Sue Epstein, Judy FarberandDitza Zakay, internationally recognized Children’s Recording
Artists, Performers and Songwriters are the premier music educators in Early Childhood
Centers in the Jewish community in the Greater Los Angeles area, the San Fernando
and Conejo Valleys.
Performing as a trio since 2001, the Shirettes are LA’s newest musical sensation
for Jewish kids and their families. A Shirettes concert is fun-packed and energy
filled with interactive Jewish songs for audiences of all ages. Ditza, Judy and
Sue blend positive, educational songwriting with catchy melodies and beautiful harmonies
as well as amazing twists on old favorites. Julie Silver calls them “a well-oiled
trio”. Together they have released 8 Cds and received a Parents’ Choice Award for
their “Cha-Cha-Chanukah with The Shirettes” CD. The Shirettes have performed at
museums, schools, libraries, synagogues, community centers Jewih Festivals, colleges,
BJE and NAEYC conferences and Early Childhood Centers.
Each of the Shirettes respectively has more than twenty years experience teaching
music to young children. Their combined qualifications include Orff certification,
teachers certificate and early childhood credentials, and credentials from the Bureau
of Jewish Education. They have given many workshops and mentor workshops in Judaic
Music through the Bureau of Jewish Education as well as workshops for CAIS (California
Association of Independent Schools), and CAPSO (California Association of Private
Schools Association). They are members of the Jewish Music Educators Council of
Los Angeles. Each of them leads Tot Shabbat and Family Services in the Greater Los
Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas.
Their high-energy concerts are made up of traditional songs, original songs, puppets
and finger play, Judaic songs and holiday music, and a lot of audience participation.
The kids always want more, and the parents and grandparents love to sing along too.
Their presentation captures everyone in the audience, and their 45 minutes to an
hour concert is a memorable event for the entire family.
Place the cursor over each of the Shirettes’ names to see a brief biography: