Arthur Charles Brown, 69, of Paramus died July 15, 2012. He was a native of Philadelphia.
Mr. Brown taught music at elementary schools and also taught for over 20 years at United Hebrew School, an affiliate of Gratz College.
A prolific composer, he also conducted the Jewish Choir of Philadelphia and accompanied cantors, opera singers, and Broadway talents from the tri-state area. In 1972 his original Jewish musical, Catch the Moon, played to sold-out audiences. He trained children for the prestigious all-Philadelphia Boys Choir. Among the venues he played for during his career were the Valley Forge Music Fair, Teplitsky’s Hotel and Caesar’s Palace of Atlantic City, and the Philadelphia Academy of Music. He played for such celebrities as Barbara Eden and Leonard Bernstein.
He earned a full scholarship to Temple University, where he graduated in 1965 with a master’s degree in music education.
He spoke Hebrew and Spanish fluently.
Predeceased by his wife, Marilyn Gottlieb Brown, in 1987, he is survived by two daughters, Cantor Sharon Brown-Levy of West Orange and Judi Brown of Santa Monica, Calif.; a brother, Barry of Lorton, Va.; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service was held July 17 at Temple Emanu-El of West Essex, Livingston.