Cantorial Soloist

I developed a love of singing Jewish liturgical music in the early 90’s when I joined the congregational choir of my synagogue. I became enthralled by the beauty and spirituality of Jewish music and very quickly discovered an enormous amount of musical work set to the liturgy. Soon I began serving as a substitute for the Cantor as well as participating in concerts and other musical events.

In the Spring of 2001, I became the full time Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Kol Ami in Chicago. I served as the musical inspiration and leader of services, as well as clergy. I created and built the congregational choir, and took great pride in leading them in song. I also administered pastoral care to those in need. For the celebration of the congregation’s 85th anniversary, I produced a Composer in Residence weekend that included a fundraising concert of 12 area Cantors and Cantorial Soloists, and the congregational choir.

I have organized and participated in numerous concerts. For example, as a member of the Women Cantors’ Network I co-chaired our annual conference held in Chicago in June 2010 within which I created and produced our 100 voice concert of diverse Jewish music. I am a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians, where I served as co-chair of the 2009 convention in Chicago, as well as the Chicago Milwaukee Association for Synagogue Musicians, where I acted as the association’s treasurer from 2008-2012.

Since Congregation Kol Ami permanently closed its doors, I continue serving the Jewish community with my voice and spirit. I substitute for my colleagues in leading the music during worship, and visit Retirement and Assisted Living facilities where I conduct worship services or occasionally perform music ranging from Jewish liturgy to Broadway. I am active conducting all types of life cycle ceremonies, including Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, and funerals. In 2012, I began serving Sinai Temple in Michigan City, Indiana, as their High Holy Day Cantorial Soloist. I always look forward to returning each year. I relish the opportunity to serve the Jewish community in prayer and song.

It is always a joyful experience to officiate a wedding. These are a few pictures from the wedding of Carli and Laurence. (Photos provided by PJ Photography)

I would love the opportunity to work with you. Please contact me.

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The beautiful Ketubah

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The Blessings

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Mazel Tov to Mr. and Mrs. Bolotin


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