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Judith Cole, The Temple’s Pianist

Judy Cole has made a significant contribution to The Temple’s musical team.  She regularly accompanies Friday evening worship and Saturday morning bar and bat mitzvahs, in addition to being available for weddings and other life cycle moments.  Music always enhances, but with Judy at the keyboard, one can be sure that the expression coming from the piano precisely mirrors the sentiment of the worship service or event!

Judy earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  After taking a year off from school, during which time she toured the United States playing in a show band, she was invited to attend the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she earned her Master of Music degree in Accompanying, with a concentration in Musical Theatre and Chamber Music

In addition to her career at The Temple, Judy also teaches academic classes at Kennesaw State University in music history and theory, coaches Opera and Musical Theatre, musically directs for the Theatre and Performance Studies and Dance, and accompanies both faculty and student recitals. As often as scheduling allows, she plays in the pit orchestra for Broadway touring shows playing at the Fox Theatre.

In addition to working with Cantor Hartman at The Temple, she also accompanies Cantor Nancy Kassel at Congregation Beth Tikvah and is still an active commercial musician, playing both as a soloist and as a keyboardist/vocalist with the Alan Knieter Entertainment Group.  Recently Judy became a member of the Board of Directors for the Guild of Temple Musicians, the national organization of Jewish musicians and composers.  She is a mom to daughters Katy and Rebekah, son-in-law Richard, and is happily married to Cantor Herb Cole.

Dr. Timothy Wissler

The man responsible for the exquisite organ music played at The Temple on the Holy Days, Confirmation, life cycle events, and Shabbat evening and mornings is Dr. Timothy Wissler. Tim, a native of Pennsylvania, earned his music degrees at Lebanon Valley College and The University of Michigan and has served as a member of the music faculties of Georgia State University and Mercer University Atlanta. He has performed in the United States, Germany, France and Italy and is a sought after adjudicator for local and international organ playing competitions. 

Dr. Wissler is a past Dean of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, served on the Steering Committee for its 1992 National Convention and was Program Chair for the 2007 Regional Convention held in Atlanta.  Tim is the longtime organist of the Cathedral of Christ the King.  Tim has taught on the faculty for two summer Pipe Organ Encounters for high school students and served on the National AGO committee for the Regional Competition for the Young Organist from 2004 to 2010."

In 1994 he organized the Atlanta Summer Organ Festival now celebrating 17 seasons and served on the Organ Selection Committee for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s future concert hall. He is married to Dr. Anne Wissler. In his free time he enjoys yoga and is an avid cyclist.

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