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Cantor Elizabeth Sternlieb

Cantor Elizabeth Sternlieb



Elizabeth grew up in a professional music family and has worked as a professional musical and vocal artist since her teenage years. As a young adult, she could often be found in recording studios engaged in voice-over and jingles work.

Her entry into a serious musical career began to take shape in her formative years as she worked alongside her parents, who created the Westchester Light Opera, a small light opera company that was highly regarded as “one of the best in NY.”

After multiple years of dedicated vocal and instrumental study, she began song-leading and teaching music at her Synagogue. After high school, she pursued an undergraduate degree in voice performance and music education, which all led to a life of dedicated Synagogue work.

Elizabeth began working in a cantorial capacity at Sinai Free Synagogue (Mt. Vernon, NY) in 2002. In 2014 (after raising a family), Elizabeth was then ordained at The Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR) NY, and she simultaneously received a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies from Gratz College. In 2018 Elizabeth began her tenure as the Cantor at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester in Chappaqua, NY.

In addition to her love of Jewish music, Elizabeth has appeared a number of times as a soloist with the Westchester Chorale. She produced and performed in three Jazz-inspired fundraising concerts and spearheaded a CD project of her favorite Jazz standards, serving as a fundraiser. She directed and hosted a YouTube video series called “Sacred Space,” she composed and co-composed a number of original songs (two of which were published by Transcontinental Music). She produced a number of YouTube videos for early childhood education in Hebrew and English. During Covid, she produced two virtual concerts called “Cantors and Company Coast to Coast” that raised significant funds for “Mazon” (an international organization that feeds the hungry).

In addition to Synagogue work, Elizabeth has co-led a few Synagogue trips (Israel, Cuba, a civil rights trip to the south). She has become a sought-after mentor and coach for a number of cantors, cantorial students, and cantorial soloists, and she feels most honored to pass on her knowledge, skill, and craft to the next generation of musical leaders.

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