Cantorial School

Music is the soul of the Jewish people. Cantors are living resources of the rich and varied traditions of Jewish music. Their voices deepen connections to Jewish liturgy, identity, and community.

Our cantorial students master the melodies and chants for Jewish prayer, as well as contemporary sounds that resonate with today’s Jewish communities. They develop proficiency in all aspects of clergy life – education, counseling, and chaplaincy skills. Through immersion in traditional and contemporary styles, and the wisdom of all the denominations, our graduates lead diverse communities to the gates of spiritual fulfillment.

Upon completion of our low-residency program, graduates of the Cantorial School are ordained as “Hazzan and Teacher in Israel,” and receive a Master’s Degree in Jewish Sacred Music. Successful completion generally requires five years of full-time study, including supervised fieldwork, a unit of clinical pastoral education, a recital, and a master’s thesis.