Joshua Fishbein composes and arranges vocal and instrumental music, with special emphasis on choral music. He has won awards from the American Choral Directors Association, the American Composers Forum, BMI, the Cantate Chamber Singers, Chorus America, Chorus Austin, The Esoterics, the Guild of Temple Musicians, the National Lutheran Choir, and several other music organizations.

Professional vocal ensembles, such as Cantus, Chicago a cappella, The Thirteen, Volti, and Washington Master Chorale have premiered Fishbein’s original music. Steeped in Jewish music tradition, he has composed numerous Jewish and interfaith compositions for chorus and solo voice.

Currently, Fishbein is an adjunct faculty member of The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Previously, he taught at Towson University, The College of New Jersey, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He holds degrees in music from the University of California Los Angeles, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Carnegie Mellon University. E.C. Schirmer Music Company, Hal Leonard Corporation, Transcontinental Music Publications, Abundant Silence, and Yelton Rhodes Music publish his compositions.

Al HanisimVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 4:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Jewish Liturgy  Language: Hebrew  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Hanukah, Purim, Yom Ha’atzmaut  Descriptive Terms: Calm, Grand, Majestic, Miracles, Stately  First Performance: Dec 20, 2017: Chorosynthesis, Wendy Moy and Jeremiah Selvey, Soma Tower, Belleveue, Washington Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 90/1104~2020-Q2)
Afternoon on a HillVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 5:30  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Edna St. Vincent Millay  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Afternoon, Light, Nature, Secular, Sun  First Performance: Mar 09, 2013: Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, Michael Kerschner, Irondale Center, Brooklyn, NY Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 90/91)
A Prep-School BoyVoicing: SSATBB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 5:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Benjamin Britten  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Boy, Britten, Childhood, School  First Performance: May 03, 2014: Cantate Chamber Singers, Gisele Becker, St. John’s Norwood Parish, Chevy Chase, Maryland Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 90/266~2015-Q1)
Sunset SymphonyVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 5:20  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Nathan Brown  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Beach, Nature, Ocean, Sky, Sunset  First Performance: May 05, 2018: Chorus Austin, Ryan Heller, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 90/1009~2019-Q4)
Psalms, Songs, and BluesVoicing: SSAATTBB  Solo(s): Soprano, Alto, Bass  Accompaniment: Harp, Trombone, Timpani, Percussion, Trumpet, Bass Trombone, Strings  Performance Length: 27:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Psalm 102, Psalm 55, Psalm 137, Jewish Liturgy  Language: English, Latin, Hebrew  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Bernstein Companion  Descriptive Terms: Dramatic, Jewish, Judeo-christinan  First Performance: Dec 04, 2015: Manchester Choral Society, Plymouth State University Chorale, Dan Perkins, Nashua, New Hampshire Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 90/613~2017-Q2)
Out of the Ashes of HolocaustVoicing: SATB  Solo(s): Soprano Solo, Alto Solo  Accompaniment: Violin, Cello, Piano  Performance Length: 22:18  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Marina and Joshua Fishbein, 1984 U.S. Congressional Record  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Holocaust Remembrance  Descriptive Terms: Emotional, Intense, Moving  First Performance: May 21, 2021 : Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, The Church of the Epiphany, Washington, D.C. Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 90/1585~2021-Q3)