Cantor Lawrence

Cantor Rick Lawrence has been singing and playing piano since childhood, and is happy to take his passion and use it to serve the Jewish community. On the bima leading services, singing with people of all ages or playing with ensembles, Cantor Lawrence enjoys bringing people together through music. He loves learning and engaging with students of all ages, and likes exploring Jewish texts as a way to help us shape our own Judaism today. He is an eager teacher of Jewish musical history, traditional chant, and liturgical music.

Originally from Ann Arbor Michigan, Cantor Lawrence graduated from Oberlin College in 2008 with a BA in Jewish Studies. He received his Cantorial Ordination and Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in 2014. He is the recipient of the Cecilia and Harry Needle Fund Award from Hebrew College. He has had the pleasure of working with such people as Cantor Jeff Klepper, Josh Jacobson, and Yehudi Weiner. He has sung with many ensembles, including the Zamir Chorale of Boston, and was the featured soloist for the Newton Choral Society’s performance of Ernest Bloch’s “Avodat HaKodesh” (Sacred Service). He served as the Cantor of Temple Emanu El in Cleveland Ohio from 2014 through 2019.

Having studied how previous composers of Jewish music have taken their received musical tradition and blended it with contemporary musical styles, Cantor Lawrence has embarked on a similar musical journey. He has composed several pieces of Jewish music designed for synagogue use wherein our received musical tradition, nusach, is mixed with contemporary musical styles to help create synagogue music for today’s generation. He has since compiled these pieces into a Friday night service titled T’filot S’fateinu, the prayers of our lips.

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