Elizabeth Shammash
The daughter of a mother with roots in Latvian Jewry and a Baghdad-born father of Babylonian Jewish tradition who emigrated to America, Cantor Elizabeth Shammash received investiture as Hazzan and a Master of Sacred Music  from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in May 2007, and currently serves Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. 

Elizabeth Shammash's  opera credits range from Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea to contemporary scores.  Her work has taken her to major roles with companies including New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Berkshire Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, and the Beijing Music Festival. Concert appearances have included the China National Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Los Angeles Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra,  Boston Baroque, Early Music Vancouver, Tanglewood and Marlboro.  She has recorded on the Telarc label, and extensively for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music on the Naxos label.

Cantor Shammash holds a Master's degree in Music and Voice Performance from Manhattan School of Music, an artist diploma from Boston University's Opera Institute and a B.A. in Italian Studies from Brown University. She has been a devoted student of yoga since 1993, and  received certification as a vinyasa yoga teacher from OM Yoga in New York City. 

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