Prof. Yehuda Sommer Cohen

Dean of the Jonathan Wohl School of Music


Prof. Yehuda Sommer Cohen is the Dean of the Jonathan Wohl School of Music at Ono Academic College. He is a conductor, arranger, and founder of musical educational systems.

For the past 40 years, Prof. Sommer Cohen has worked establishing and managing musical institutions, from conservatories to academic systems. At the beginning of his career, Sommer Cohen established and managed the conservatory in Yehud and Or Akiva and managed “Meitar” in Ganei Tikva. Some of the best composers in the world participated in his musical productions, including Michel Legrand, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Marcel Landowski, Einojuhani Rautavaara, and many other influential jazz luminaries.

In 1991, Sommer Cohen founded the Hed College of Music, an institution that received recognition from Israel’s Council of Higher Education as a body that may train undergraduates in music. The school also included sound recording with Jewish and Arabic music divisions.

In 1990, Prof. Sommer Cohen formed the “Hed Big Band” – a professional jazz orchestra, for which he served as musical director and its permanent conductor. The orchestra performed in the United States, South America, and had a series of performances at its home club in Tel Aviv, and performed at hundreds of shows around the country. The orchestra conducted by Yehuda Cohen has taken part in various music festivals around Israel. Yehuda recorded five albums of jazz and musical theater music with the orchestra.

At Ono Academic College, in addition to being Dean and Director of the School of Music, Dr. Sommer Cohen also lectures in the following courses: Developing Rhythmic Hearing, Duke Ellington Music, The Establishment and Management of an Orchestra, and The Final Project.


Bar-Ilan University . Dissertation Subject: Duke Ellington's music research and its impact on American culture
Conducting, University of Massachusetts
Business, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Law, Bar-Ilan University
Conducting from the Tel Aviv Academy of Music
Film music, Berklee College of Music, Boston

Teaching Areas

Developing Rhythmic Hearing, Duke Ellington Music, The Establishment and Management of an Orchestra and The Final Project