Hailed by Deke Sharon as “dynamic, bold, and audacious,” Josh Ehrlich is a composer, lyricist, arranger, accompanist, music director and music educator in New York City. With a BA in linguistics from Yale (where he music directed the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus) and an MA in composition from Rutgers, Josh now music directs and orchestrates the musical productions and choirs at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and Solomon Schechter Westchester High School. He also sings regularly with Pella, accompanies services for Sha’ar Communities, and plays keyboards in the ‘90s rock band Uncle Jesse. Josh has written hundreds of musical theater orchestrations and a cappella arrangements for ensembles all over the New York area including Voices of Gotham and the entire Imbible series (A Spirited History of Drinking, Christmas Carol Cocktails, and Rum and Pirates) and is thrilled to have made his off-broadway composing debut with The Imbible: Day Drinking. He is currently composing a 54-song hymnal-like compilation of Hebrew choral music by writing a weekly setting of biblical text.
"Josh brings tremendous passion to his arranging: in a time when most arrangers are chasing the latest sound, Josh’s work is dynamic, bold, even audacious, with an unflinching focus on the reason people are drawn to music in the first place.”
-Deke Sharon, Music Director/Arranger for Pitch Perfect, Founder of Contemporary A Cappella Society,
"It is evident that Josh is not only a gifted musician but also possesses a knack for guiding young performers. His students were well prepared on many levels: not only did they know the lyrics, melodic and harmonic structures, but it was evident that Josh had guided the students to communicate to the audience the emotions and ideas expressed in the lyrics as well."
-Rebekah Miller, colleague and former opera performer
"The kids think Josh is the best. They admire his musicianship and truly feel that he has made choir such a positive experience for them. All of us -- administrators, teachers, students and parents -- were so impressed with what he was able to create and produce. Most of all, the joy he was able to bring to their practices and performances was so very evident.
-Elaine Keigher, Frisch High School Principal
"His patience with novice singers was so evident as he took time during and after school hours to teach and reteach dozens of songs...not only teaching the basics of each song, but also why parts of the score were written in a specific way. The actors did not simply learn the words and notes, but they learned the art of music - the importance of timing, diction, harmony, and of listening to each other and singing as a group."
-Kira Weiss and Sarah Fortinsky, student directors of 'Thirteen'
"We wanted to thank Josh for orchestrating such an enjoyable show and for the individual attention he was able to give each student. Sophie loved her time working with him and I was amazed at her confidence and how comfortable she felt on stage. The students are so fortunate to perform with such a talented musician and pianist."
-Denise Abner, parent of Josh's student