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Synagogue Music at Emanu-El


The glorious, soul-stirring music of Temple Emanu-El resounds
in our sanctuary as a part of Sabbath, holiday and ceremonial services.

































Experiencing the sound of Emanu-El’s magnificent organ and talented professional choir performing the music of our heritage lifts the hearts of all who listen. This sophisticated classical music is a perfect complement to the awe-inspiring beauty of our sanctuary.

Interim Cantor Lance Rhodes and Organist/Choir Director K. Scott Warren lead the choir in some of the greatest music ever composed for the synagogue. The professional choir at Temple Emanu-El consists of 17 singers who not only have highly trained classical voices but who are some of the finest choral musicians in New York City. Because of this professionalism, the congregation is able to hear intricate, sophisticated choral music beyond the scope of most other synagogues.



Are you a Temple member who likes to sing?

Then consider becoming a Temple Emanu-El Volunteer Singer! This new initiative led by Cantor Rhodes is intended to help congregants become more familiar with several of the melodies we sing at services, to feel more confident with singing along, and to have fun learning new melodies with each other. The group will be integrated with the congregation for our formal worship services. The secondary mission is to bring comfort to residents of local assisted-living centers and nursing homes with informal sing-along-style performances. The level of music is basic (mainly melody), and participants need not be able to read music to be a part of this group. Time commitment is approximately one hour per week (not including service attendance). Rehearsals will be held on Thursdays from 6 PM to 7 PM; enter at One East 65th Street. This activity is primarily for adults and young adults (over age 13).

RSVP to Volunteer Singers »



We also are joined by Dr. Andrew Henderson as associate organist and Daniel Beckwith as assistant organist. Our current cantorial intern is Richard Newman.

Professional musicians interested in auditioning for the choir should click here.


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