Faith Steinsnyder

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Miami by music-loving parents. Her cantorial mentors and teachers include Cantors Jacob Mendelson, Moshe Ganchoff, Ben Belfer, Lawrence Avery, Max Wohlberg, Israel Goldstein, Stephen Richards and Mr. Lazar Weiner. She was the first woman to teach chazzanut at the Jewish Theological Seminary, The Academy for Jewish Religion, and at the School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

She currently serves as Instructor of Chazzanut at both HUC and JTS, teaching courses in traditional and contemporary synagogue repertoire. She has led master classes at Hebrew College in Boston and has presented workshops at annual conventions of the Cantors Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors. She has served liberal congregations from Maryland to Massachusetts, and has concertized extensively in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands and CuraƧao. She teaches voice each summer at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, and she is a member of the Mantua Singers, under the direction of Matthew Lazar.

A featured soloist at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, she has performed roles with Mannes Opera, Amato Opera and Joseph Papp's Opera at the Academy in New York City. Her recordings have been heard on National Public Radio and PBS, and include "The Birthday of the World", a two-volume collection of classic High Holy Day musical settings, and "A Taste of Eternity, Part Two: Shabbat Morning", with the Western Wind, narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Cantor Steinsnyder is featured on Michael Isaacson's "Nishmat Chayim" and "Made in America" and sings the title role in Stephen Richards' opera "The Ballad of Ruth", with members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

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