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Stephen Richards

Stephen RichardsSTEPHEN RICHARDS (1935 – ) was born and raised in New York City. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from New York University and a master’s degree in music composition from Columbia University. He also was invested as a cantor at the School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College and received an honorary doctorate of sacred music from the same institution. He was the cantor and educator of Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek, Calif., from August 1994 through June 2000 and is now cantor emeritus.

Cantor Richards has served on the boards of the American Conference of Cantors and the National Commission of Synagogue Music. He also was the project director and editor of Manginot, A Music Curriculum for Jewish Schools, published by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

Prior to entering the School for Sacred Music, Cantor Richards worked as a composer and arranger in musical theater. After completing his cantorial studies in 1969, he served congregations in Rochester, N.Y., and Indianapolis before becoming the editor of Transcontinental Music Publications and a faculty member of the School of Sacred Music.

His compositions have been presented in Jewish services throughout North America. His most beloved piece, R’tzei, often is sung at Temple Emanu-El, and his Mizmor Shir was arranged especially for Cantor Lori Corrsin and Temple Emanu-El’s professional choir.

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