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June 17, 1988 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-06-17

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the temple had an opening for
a children's choir director and
music teacher. She applied
and for 46 years has been
teaching and directing choirs
and assemblies at Beth El.
The Ticktons have seen
many changes during their
tenure at the temple. When
Rabbi Leo Franklin, a non-
Zionist, was spiritual leader,
the playing of "Hatikvah"
was forbidden, the breaking
of the glass or the presence of
chuppah at weddings were ex-
cluded from the ceremonies
and non-Jewish melodies
were heard in temple pro-
grams. Today, the Israeli na-
tional anthem as well as
other Jewish music resounds
in concerts and choir pro-
grams. Weddings have taken
a traditional turn and
Tickton composed a Shabbat
service, "Thfilot Beth El,"
(Songs of Beth El) in honor of
the temple. It has been per-
formed in more than 400
temples nationwide. In addi-
tion, the Ticktons make a
concerted effort to bring new
Jewish music into temple
programs.
Throughout their years of
service to Beth El, the couple
has met many celebrities, in-
cluding Leonard Bernstein,
Richard Tucker, Jan Peerce
and Efraim Zimbalist Jr. One
of their former choir students,
Ray Sokoloff, became a na-
tionally recognized writer for
the New York Times.
Tickton has played at more
than 2,000 weddings,
sometimes for second and
third generations of the same
families. Mrs. Tickton said no
matter where in the world
she finds former Beth El
students, they still sing to her
the temple school song.
Both Ticktons hold Masters
of Arts and Music degrees
from Wayne State University,
and Tickton has done post-
graduate work at the Univer-
sity of Michigan. Mrs.
Tickton had performed piano
recitals throughout the
metropolitan area and her
husband has played the organ
at the Detroit Institute of
Arts, Orchestra Hall and at
the Mormon Tabernacle in
Salt Lake City, Utah. He also
has performed with the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Tickton also had the honor
of designing the 4,000-pipe
organ for the temple when it
moved from Woodward and
Gladstone to its current site
at Thlegraph and 14 Mile in
Birmingham.
He was the first music
educator to receive the Presi-
dent's Award for Excellence
in Teaching and twice receiv-
ed the Adult Education Prize
for Creativity in the Arts.
Tickton has served as lecturer

for the Detroit Symphony Or-
chestra, taught a WSU course
on radio, "Introduction to
Music Literature," has writ-
ten numerous articles, is a
life member of the temple
brotherhood, a life member of
the American Guild of
Organists, a life member of
the Phi Mu Alpha National
Music Fraternity and holds
membership in the Guild of
Temple Musicians, the WSU
Retirees Club and the Na-
tional Association of Temple
Educators.
Mrs. Tickton previously
taught two glee clubs and the
orchestra at Custer School in
Detrit and is an honorary
patron of Mu Phi Epsilon Na-
tional Music Sorority. She
holds a Michigan Life
Teaching certificate, has been
the temple religious school
choir director for 36 years and
chorale conductor at the tem-
ple for the volunteer chorale
for 25 years.
She attributes the couple's
long association with the
temple to "quality." "Beth El
always had quality," she said.
"That has kept us here all
these years. That goes for the
congregation too. The temple
always had good music, high
standards. I'm proud to be
conducting here. The stan-
dard is still very high."
Tickton, whose light-
hearted friendly manner wins
him instant friends wherever
he goes, reflected on his
achievements. His greatest,
he said, is that he lasted 55
years. "If I knew I would last
55 years here I would've prac-
ticed harder!"

Beth Shalom
Installs Voight

Congregation Beth Shalom
recently installed its incom-
ing officers for the 1988-1989
year.
The executive committee of

Mark Voight

the synagogue is headed by
returning President Mark
Voight. He joins Executive
Vice President Harry Freind;

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