This is my personal list of sites with mp3 and other recordings of nusach and Jewish liturgy. I collected these links because I am deeply interested in the music of Jewish liturgy, and I want to learn every melody there is for everything. I am not likely to ever reach this impossible goal, but this list is my attempt at it, at least!
These resources are arranged by an algorithm that considers how extensive a resource the resource is in each area. This consideration is subjective, but if you are looking for a particular High Holiday tune, you are more likely to find it toward the top of the High Holiday page than the bottom. Resources in gray boxes contain significant non-Ashkenazi nusach, in some cases alongside Ashkenazi nusach and in other cases to its exclusion.
Keep posted, since I add new resources to this list from time to time. I am also working on a larger project, NusachDB, to collect the melodies themselves. If you know of any useful sites not on this list, or notice a miscategorization, please let me know at email@example.com. Notable missing (or not well-covered) recordings include the Saturday night portions of Maariv, Kiddush Levanah, the Hoshanot of Sukkot, the Hakafot and Chatan Torah passages of Simchat Torah, the Al Hanisim paragraph in the Amidah and Birkat Hamazon of Chanukah, Purim, and Yom Haatzmaut (in the Conservative tradition, anyway), the Haggadah chanting of the Magid and others, and, of course, any less famous melodies for well-covered services like Kabbalat Shabbat and Hallel. If you know of any sites with these, please send them along, or hey, record them yourself if you'd like!
Click "Catalogued recordings" to see which recordings or sheet music in a particular site have been added to NusachDB. For the foreseeable future, these do not represent the totality of recordings for most sites, but the lists will get more complete with time.
Please enjoy this list and may it increase your learning.
See my own recording and sheet music for the Haggadah.
1. Virtual Cantor
Great site with mp3's of nearly everything. This should always be the first stop. His nusach can be unique, at times, and he has great melodies that are hard to find elsewhere.
2. Ashkenazi/Sefardi Torah Leining/Reading and Tehilim MP3 Audio
Not what I'm interested in -- until "More Cantorial", where you'll find a Haggadah recording of Cantor Pinchas Rabinowitz with a whole bunch of new tunes. Awesome. Would totally rock if it didn't have blinking animated GIFs.
Note: includes blessings, Hanerot Halalu, full Maoz Tzur with two melodies
3. National Library of Israel -- Music
In Hebrew -- there's an English page but it has a lot less stuff, so don't use it! Some selections from the library, some of them very nice! They reside at "Compilations", and they span a variety of Jewish musical traditions. Unfortunately, not all of them work at the moment.
Note: there are two Chanukah collections; one is one big file and the other is a bunch of recorded candlelighting ceremonies
4. Shir Halev
Great site with lots of Chasidic recordings of melodies! Has a section for Sephardic and Chasidic melodies, too. Click on the download links to listen in your browser if the player doesn't work.
There is a lot here! There are melodies and accompanied recordings for many things, and not so much nusach. If you aren't familiar with Chabad, you'll find exciting combinations here, like using the Hoshia et Amecha tune for the R'tzeh paragraph in the Birkat Hamazon. A fantastic resource.
6. Temple Israel of Natick
Quite a few songs and prayer melodies, including bedtime melodies and Shabbat. It looks to be in the process of reconstruction, so not all of the links have been implemented yet.
Note: includes several songs and Hanerot Halalu
8. Sephardic Hazzanut Project
This is a project by Faraj Samra to preserve and present Sephardic chazanut (the title probably gave that away, didn't it?). It's actively growing and receiving regular updates, so this information may soon be out of date. It contains Torah, haftarah, and Tehilim readings, and a very large chunk of the siddur (including melodies sometimes).
9. Torah Media Atlanta
A site with audio of shiurim -- and a whole lot of nusach!
Rabbi Menashe Goldberger: Under Jewish Prayer, you can find pretty much complete weekday shacharit, shabbat Kabbalat Shabbat/maariv/shacharit/musaf/minchah, and festival maariv/shacharit/Hallel/musaf. There's Shabbat Rosh Chodesh musaf AND weekday Rosh Chodesh musaf. The Birkat Achrona tracks are only spoken. Some of the services here have unlabeled tracks, but it's easy to find stuff anyway. There are also Haggadah songs and Chanukah blessings.
Rabbi Moshe Hiller: Complete Esther and haftarah blessings.
Rabbi Jeremy Wieder: Leining for most of the year, including the entire Torah, Ruth, Esther, and Eichah.
Zohar Killian: Some recordings of the Camp Kesher song, V'zot Habrachah, and Chanukah blessings.
10. Seder Chazzanut Amsterdam
Dutch Sephardic nusach, in old recordings, for scattered parts of weekdays, Shabbat, holidays, etc. Most pages are in Dutch, but Google translates them well enough.
Note: includes Al Hanisim under Shacharit for Shabbat; two versions of Hanerot Halalu
12. Invitation to Piyut
In Hebrew (the English version has the same stuff, but not everything has been translated). Absolutely wonderful collection of piyutim (and regular blessings and psalms too, if you look hard enough) from all over the world. It's extensive and constantly updated.
Note: Hanerot Halalu, Al Hanisim, other songs
14. Shearith Israel
The first congregation in America! It's in the Spanish and Portuguese tradition, and it contains a wealth of recordings, including a complete Shabbat morning service, complete weekday services, complete parshiyot, and much more.
Note: includes Ahavah B'tanugim, blessings, Hanerot Halalu, etc.
15. Siddur Audio
Also a great site with quite a bit, from the Conservative tradition. It has most of the Haggadah, as well as melodies for a lot of things on Shabbat and weekdays (all in streaming format). My second stop.
16. Darkei Avoteinu Min Hamaarev
In Hebrew. A site with Moroccan videos and such. Most are on YouTube, but it's fairly extensive. There are bakashot, Shabbat piyutim, etc.
Note: includes whole candlelighting, including Hanerot Halalu
17. Sutton Place Synagogue (New York, NY)
A Conservative synagogue with some beautiful accompanied recordings of Cantor Dov Keren as well as High Holiday recordings of the choir. You can also see their SoundCloud.
Note: includes Al Hanisim
18. Shituf Piyut
In Hebrew. It's a site where users can upload their own recordings of piyutim and make their own piyut-centered pages. There's a ton of stuff on here, in various traditions (emphasis on Moroccan and Yemenite, but there's Ashkenazi as well), with a LOT of non-piyut recordings as well; it's affiliated with Invitation to Piyut, so you know it's good. However, unlike its relative, browsing for anything is an absolute nightmare, since within each occasion, they're ordered by *date*. However, there's much more than just piyutim -- there's laining and tefilah as well, but you have to dig. There's a Google-powered search engine too, which helps.
19. London Sephardi Music
A whole bunch of Sephardic recordings. If it's similar to the Liturgical Music of Shaar Hashamayim website, it's because it's made by the same person! The content is different, though, and there's a lot more detail in some of the pages, including texts of prayers and piyutim. [Jewish Table Singing](https://sites.google.com/site/jewishtablesinging/) is a sister site and features many of the same recordings.
Note: includes Chanukah blessings, including Hanerot Halalu, and several different versions of Maoz Tzur
20. K'hal Adas Jeshurun
Very extensive and very specific recordings of a lot of things, in Netherlands and Ashkenazi traditions. Really, really cool.
21. Beth El Congregation (Pittsburgh, PA)
A Conservative synagogue with pretty good nusach stuff for Shabbat, including a very nice Hallel and Anim Zemirot. Some of the more generally named files, like Kabbalat Shabbat – Maariv and Birkot Hashachar, are actually complete services.
Note: includes Al Hanisim for Shacharit, which is awesome
22. Horovitz Tunes
A site dedicated to the memory of Ronny Horvitz and his melodies from Frankfurt. Contains taamim for Torah and haftarah, some Esther,
General blessings, each in its own page, so it's not easily categorized. Not all blessings have sung recordings attached, but many do, often covering more than the written text. Other pages with recordings (not hosted locally) are here, with posts marked "music".
24. Congregation Olam Tikvah
Instruction on leading various blessings and services, partly aimed at teenagers (some sung fairly slowly). There are some High Holiday tracks as well, sung at regular speed.
25. Ansche Chesed -- Hazzan's Page
A bunch of nice recordings (that need to be downloaded) of Pesach tunes, Shirat Hayam, Chanukah blessings, Shabbat, and more. Some have beautiful piano accompaniment!
26. Chabad Kids
The kids section of the Chabad website, which has several songs for holidays and other occasions, as well as original children's songs about the Torah and other Jewish themes.
28. Sephardic Bikur Holim
Sephardic recordings of some prayers, with a focus on High Holidays, and the entire Torah recited.
Note: includes the blessings for the candles as well as Hanerot Hallalu
29. Hazzan Rob Menes
A cantor's website with a nice full section of recordings. Most of them are under Ritual Resources, especially under Services, but a few are under Music instead, including motif samples from High Holidays and scanned wedding music. Under Ritual Resources -> Torah -> Special, you can also find the Megilot, including Kohelet.
Shiurim and music of Breslov chasidim. In Hebrew. Like other Chasidish sites, it also contains quite a few instrumental tracks, and the audio quality varies for older recordings. Loading times can be very slow! The Breslov chasidim use the Chasidish Nusach Sefard.
Note: includes various melodies for Maoz Tzur, and several psalms (מיוחד: שירי ברסלב ניגוני ברסלב לחנוכה); more, including Hanerot Halalu (שירי ברסלב - ניגוני חסידי ברסלב - זקני אנ"ש)
31. Beth El (Sudbury, MA)
A Reform synagogue with trope lessons, prayers, and some songs, including Haggadah stuff. Much of it is more song than nusach with simple songs that may even involve clapping and English.
32. Nigunei Modzitz
In Hebrew. The English language Modzitz site may be old and have RealAudio files, but the Israeli site has all the music! The site's English section is apparently under construction, but the Hebrew section is easily navigable (especially with Google Translate). There are melodies for various zemirot and blessings, as well as many, many niggunim. Some recordings are instrumental only, some are sung with accompaniment, some are just sung.
33. Chizuk Amuno Congregation
A nice and rather extensive synagogue resource, including Haggadah nusach, a big set of Youtube videos, other Shabbat sound files, trope, and bentsching.
34. Jewish Community of Japan
The Jewish Community of Japan caters mostly to American expats -- the website and recordings are all in English, and the rabbi is American -- but it's there and they have a website! Most of the links here are YouTube, but if you go to Services -> Sing With Us and choose the submenu options, you'll find a complete Shabbat maariv (no Kabbalat Shabbat), a few from Shabbat morning, and even some Shabbat mincha.
36. Temple Beth Sholom -- Miami Beach
A series of recordings in various places on the website. At Worship-Lifecycle - Shabbat - Shabbat Prayer Recordings, there are several recordings of the prayers being read one word at a time, but some of them do go into song eventually. By the way, there are more than 10 recordings on that page, but you have to click on the number select to show them. Many don't even have actual recordings. Under Music at TBS, though, there are a LOT of great cantorial recordings (including for Shabbat), most with talking before them.
37. Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel (Philadelphia, PA)
A Conservative synagogue with audio for several blessings, including Birkat Hamazon, kiddush for Shabbat evening and morning, chag, and High Holidays, havdalah, aliyah blessings, and Chanukah candlelighting.
38. Temple Emanu-El (NYC)
A large liberal New York synagogue. The links on the sidebar include a recording of a seder, with piano accompaniment, where there are some very pretty English songs and many English readings in addition to the standard Hebrew tunes. There are also Chanukah blessings, Shabbat blessings (audio under Life Cycles->Bar and Bat Mitzvah, as well as under Wosrhip->Music at Emanu-El), and more.
39. Tifereth Israel (New Bedford, MA)
A Conservative synagogue with recordings of Friday night, Haggadah, Chanukah, and Purim melodies, as well as several melodies for Sim Shalom.
40. Terre d'Israel
In French. A website with information about observances of Francophone Jews; it includes a few recordings and videos under their respective holidays and under Radio Tv.
Note: includes Maoz Tzur, Mi Y'malel, Lichvod Hachanukah, Y'mei Hachanukah
41. The Bayit -- Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (Bronx, NY)
An Orthodox synagogue with a few, sadly, quite outdated recordings of (complete) S'lichot, Hoshana Rabah, and Chanukah; there's even a musical havdalah with Neshama Carlebach. The plugins no longer work in modern browsers, but the .wma files are still there and can be downloaded.
43. Zemirot Database
A big collection of songs, focusing on zemirot and piyutim, with words, translation, and often multiple recordings (though some have none). It's not organized by occasion, so I could be off in my categorizations, but this should be a primary resource for zemirot. There are some Indian (Bene Israel) tunes, but they're all cut off after exactly one minute. Be careful, too, because a few of the recordings are sung without particular attention to pitch!
Note: includes Al Hanisim (the song), Maoz Tzur, Uvau Zarim, Y'mei Hachanukah
44. Sephardic Pizmonim Project
A very thorough archive of pizmonim from Syria that also explains the maqam system, featuring the standard book of Syrian pizmonim and several auxiliary books, with integrated recordings and even videos.
45. União Israelita Shel Guemilut Hassadim
This is a shul (the oldest shul, in fact) in Rio de Janeiro, so the site and directions are in Portuguese. The nusach is Morrocan Sephardic, which is a different musical paradigm than what you see in Ashkenazi congregations: it's repetitive nusach with few melodies. Much of the recordings are beautiful CDs for listening rather than straight nusach. By way of translation, you can find recordings of Psalms, Kabbalat Shabbat (CD), the Kedusha set to a wide variety of beautifully recorded tunes (CD), Slichot (CD), the Mishna, Megilat Esther, the Haggadah (though there is no singing that I can tell, just chanting), and weekday nusach.
Note: Chanukah Amidah under Tefilot
In French. They sell CD's, but they also have videos and recordings, neatly categorized, including recordings and videos mostly from the Syrian and Tunisian traditions, often with the text as well. Recordings and videos range from traditional to accompanied and produced.
47. Rabbi Robert Scheinberg's page
It's a blog, but the music links on top have a pretty nice variety of nusach and melodies. Very much in progress at the moment. The high holiday recordings are in very large files, though, so it's a bit hard to find what you want in them, but they're very good.
48. Temple Beth Elohim (Wellesley, MA)
A Reform synagogue with some very beautifully done recordings, with instrumental accompaniment. Their primary set of recordings (Congregational Music) is a bit ambiguous as to service, with chanted Avot v'Imahot and G'vurot, but then it continues with a chanted Atah Kadosh, apparently a substitute for the silent Amidah. There are some beautiful tunes there, though with a Reform flavor certainly. The B'nei Mitzvah Prayers is a set of recordings for b'nei mitzvah; it must be downloaded as a zip, but it's got a bunch of stuff (without accompaniment).
Note: Chanukah blessings under children's songs and under Chanukah Music
49. Great Jewish Music
A site that looks stuck in the 90's (though it's not like my site is any better). It has MIDI files for some things, some .mp3 files, and some .mp3 samples, along with links to purchase the files on iTunes or Rhapsody (so it isn't actuallystuck in the 90's).
50. Free Jewish Sheet Music
This is a site that sells sheet music, but there's some available for free as well, most notably some Rosenblatt recitatives.
53. Sarah Myerson
A cantor's website, featuring a sample Seder Haavodah from Yom Kippur as well as a few other recordings. There's a little bit of Avodah sheet music as well.
54. Beit Shira (St. Louis, MO)
A minyan whose cantor has participated in some Jewish music radio programs linked, which include some liturgical music.
55. Kol Halev
A Reconstructionist shul's website with a couple of High Holiday recordings, including some kids' songs, and also some Chanukah songs.
56. Constantine Tefilot
Quite a few recordings of the Constantine nusach (Sephardic), including Torah reading, Hallel, the Haggadah, and various other songs and blessings.
Interesting melodies from an Iraqi tradition, for a variety of texts including Kol Nidrei, Shabbat piyutim, etc.
58. The Music of Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia)
A nice Sephardic version of Shabbat musaf as well as some piyyutim and prayers for the high holidays. The audio is streaming, and the text is shown on the page as well for the piyyutim.
Note: Ein Keloheinu only
Various Chasidic recordings and niggunim. Has an extensive section on Ana B'choach and three versions of Shoshanat Yaakov.
61. Temple Sinai of Hollywood
A small but varied selection of recordings, many of artistic settings, from Adon Olam and Eli Tzion to Shalom Rav and Maoz Tzur. From what I can tell, this list is also made by the E-Hazzan and contains mostly the same things as the blog.
62. Jewish Audio
A bunch of Chasidic niggunim as well as various classes on various subjects. The recordings are in Real Audio format, and at least for me, my browser says the plugin did not load but the files open in my external Real Audio program.
63. Beth Jacob (Beverly Hills)
Fairly complete weekday recordings, including a Chasidic minchah, which even includes Al Hanisim for Chanukah and Purim, and additions for the Ten Days of Repentance. There's also a good collection of High Holiday recordings and videos with text.
64. E-Hazzan Blog
A series of blog posts about liturgy, usually including musical examples (though these are usually chazzanut rather than synagogue nusach). Since it's a blog, things aren't organized by subject, so my rankings may be off. There are also numerous demo excerpts from commercial CD's rather than full tracks, and many of the older posts have broken file links.
65. Sylvain's Web Page
This is a personal website straight from the 90's with RealAudio of actually a big collection of Sephardic music. It was hosted on GeoCities, but it has been saved by ReoCities, and as far as I can tell, all the subpages (except All Occasions) and .ra files work, but it might take some doing to get them to actually play -- for me, RealPlayer wasn't doing it, but MPlayer was -- and the sound quality is extremely low. There are a few MIDIs as well.
66. Chazanim of Alsace-Lorraine
In French. There's a bunch of information about cantors, some with RealAudio clips that I can't get to work. At the bottom, though, is sheet music for the French trope, which is cool. Also on the site is La chorale EI de Léo Cohn, with several Jewish recordings from the 1930's including Tanu Rabanan (a version of Echad Mi Yodea), Yom M'nuchah, Hatikvah, Maoz Tzur, etc.
67. Jewish Holiday MIDI Music
A site featuring many MIDI files of music for Chanukah, Pesach, and High Holidays (the Purim page is empty).