High Holidays Cantor

Meet our 5781/2020 High Holiday Hazzan, Cantor Nancy Abramson!

It is with great excitement that we announce that Cantor Nancy Abramson, the Director of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will be returning to be our Cantor for the High Holidays this year (5781/2020).

Cantor Nancy Abramson serves as Director of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the Director of the Women’s League Seminary Synagogue at JTS. She trains future Hazzanim in prayer, nusah and religious leadership, and oversees the School’s curriculum development in Jewish education and teaching, pastoral care, and modern Israel. Cantor Abramson is helping JTS shape Cantorial arts and practices for the 21st Century. She received undergraduate degrees from the joint program of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, earned a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and received her Cantorial training at JTS. She received an honorary doctorate from JTS in 2018.

Cantor Abramson is a past President of the Cantors Assembly and was the first female president in the Assembly’s history. She serves on the board of the Zamir Choral Foundation and is a member of the Women Cantors Network. Cantor Abramson has performed at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, and with the Selah Vocal Ensemble, and the Rinat Choir in Israel. Before coming to JTS she served as Cantor at the Park Avenue Synagogue and West End Synagogue in Manhattan and Congregation Sons of Israel in Westchester. She has taught at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York and directed the music program at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and in New England. She has been a Cantor/Scholar-in-Residence in communities throughout the United States, teaches every Summer at the North American Jewish Choral Festival and has been a faculty member at Song Leader Boot Camp.

Cantor Abramson is married to Mitch Glenn. They have three children and two delightful grandsons (one more since our 2019/5780 High Holidays with her).