"For me, singing is inherently spiritual. It brings spiritual freedom. I'm able to express myself in a better way than when I speak."
(Michelle Cohen, Singing is Spiritual, Sun-Sentinel Nov 4 2010)
Michelle Auslander Cohen is a highly trained musician with a Bachelors and Masters in Music and an advanced degree in performance. She has an exceptional soprano voice, and has sung in multiple opera houses around the world. She has also trained in the Cantorial arts and has been a Cantorial soloist for a number of Florida Synagogues. She was raised in the Conservative Movement, graduated from Solomon Schechter in Chicago, and comes from a family of Synagogue musicians and Jewish music educators. Even more important than her magnificent voice is the sincerity of her davening, the kavanah (intent) with which she approaches the task of leading us and pleading for us before God.
She composes as well as sings, and has a CD of her original Jewish compositions.
Michelle is also a full time staff member here at the Temple with many responsibilities including being the first ever Director of Family Programming. Michelle will be in charge of expanding the role of music throughout the congregation. She will be teaching music in our Religious School and involving the children and adults in musical aspects at the Hanukah Happening and Yom Hashoa service. In addition, she will be directing the annual Purim spiel that will allow budding actors and performers in the congregation to participate in the musical production that evening.
Michelle also prepares our B'nai Mitzvah students for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah and will officiate at a number of special Shabbat services during the year.
Former soprano with:
- Baltimore Opera Chorus
- Cincinnati Opera
- Sarasota Opera
- and other companies
- Member, Women's Cantors network
- Member, Guild of Temple Musicians
- Degree in vocal performance, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.
- Master's degree in voice, Boston University
- Performer's certificate, Indiana University, Bloomington
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