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Generously underwritten by the Paula Brody & Merrill Hassenfeld Artist-in-Residence Fund

March 14 at 7:00pm via Zoom

A complimentary, virtual concert for all ages, featuring Cantor Azu and five of her cantorial colleagues from around the country, The Temple Shalom Choir, James Cochran, Jessie Goebel and children from YESh(formerly known as Temple Shalom Religious School). 

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Special Appearances By
Dr. James Cochran
Temple Shalom Music Director
Jessie Goebel
Pricinpal Viola, Naples Philharmonic
Temple Shalom Choir
YESh Youth Choir

Cantor Donna Azu

Cantor Azu  became invested as a Cantor from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City on May 2, 2010, and was delighted to join the Temple Shalom congregation as their new Cantor in July of the same year!

Originally from Southern California where she received a Bachelors of Music degree in Opera Performance and Music Education from California State University of Long Beach. Prior to attending the School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR,  she earned a California teaching credential in K-12 music and taught both elementary and middle school music and theater. In addition, she sang professionally throughout the Southern California area with Opera Pacific, Long Beach Opera and the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony.

Although she has been active in the Jewish community, it wasn’t until she participated in a Pre-Cantorial program on the HUC-JIR Los Angeles campus that she knew that the Cantorate was the right path for her. She is extremely passionate about enhancing Jewish life through music. For her, the Cantorate encompasses so much of what she loves; music, education, community, and tradition.

While studying in New York, she  had the opportunity to be the Cantorial Intern at Temple Shaaray Tefila in NYC from 2006-2008. From 2008-2010, she served as the student Cantor at Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, Long Island. During my time there, she oversaw the B'nai Mitzvah program, led worship services, and taught various music and adult education programs.

Cantor Azu moved to Naples with her husband Zadok Azu whom she married in August, 2009. Zadok is originally from Israel and had been living and working in New York for the past 17 years as a Real Estate Broker.

Cantor Star A. Trompeter

Cantor Star A. Trompeter was ordained as a Cantor in 2010 from HUC–JIR, New York, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music.  She also received her Master of Sacred Music from HUC–JIR, her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and her Bachelor of Arts in Music and French Language and Literature from the University of Virginia.

A native of Roanoke, VA., Cantor Trompeter has performed in a wide range of operas and musicals around the country.  While in Boston and performing at Harvard University, she was interviewed by NPR’s national radio show, From the Top, to discuss her leading role as Susan B. Anthony in Virgil Thompson’s opera, The Mother of Us All.  An avid Gilbert and Sullivan aficionado, Cantor Trompeter has performed with nationally recognized Gilbert and Sullivan Troupes on the East coast, as well as on the West Coast in San Francisco.

Always enthused to teach voice to young students, Cantor Trompeter taught music theory for the San Francisco Boys Chorus and served as Vocal Director at the progressive Community School for the Arts in Roanoke.  In addition to working in San Francisco and Roanoke, Cantor Trompeter has also served as the Cantor at Temple Israel in Columbus, OH, and as the Senior Cantor at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester in Chappaqua, NY.

Cantor Trompeter became the Senior Cantor at Congregation Beth Israel in Houston, TX in 2017.  Joining Congregation Beth Israel only two months prior to Hurricane Harvey, she is reminded daily of the adversities and creative blessings that came from that catastrophic time.  Having been a featured Cantor for several community-wide functions and services across the country, Cantor Trompeter has an ongoing passion for multi-generational programming and Interfaith involvement.  

Cantor Daniel Mutlu

Cantor Daniel Mutlu is a first-generation American born to Turkish Jewish parents. Raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Cantor Mutlu attended the Yeshiva Academy Achei Tmimim where he forged a strong Jewish identity and a broad religious perspective. Cantor Mutlu went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2001. After serving as a cantorial soloist at Temple Emanuel of Worcester, MA, Cantor Mutlu pursued a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Upon ordination in 2008 he served as cantor of Community Synagogue of Rye, NY until 2011. He was then honored to serve as cantor of Congregation Beth Israel of Houston, TX from 2011 to 2017. In Houston, Cantor Mutlu served on the board of the Anti-Defamation League Southwest Region, where he worked within their interfaith committee.

A passionate teacher, in 2011 Cantor Mutlu joined the faculty of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music where he taught traditional nusach in the Cantorial Ordination Program. He currently teaches a variety of classes in the Cantorial Certification Program, ranging from technology to modern and traditional repertoire.

Cantor Mutlu has performed with many premier musical ensembles including the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Ars Lyrica, Houston Bach Society, Alarm Will Sound, and Park East Synagogue Choir. As a member of NYC’s Trinity Choir Wall Street, he earned two glowing musical reviews from the New York Times. Cantor Mutlu can be heard as tenor soloist on Naxos’ eight-disc set The Complete Haydn Masses as well as on Navona Records’ Requiem: For the Living. He was a featured soloist on Musica Omnia and Trinity Choir Wall Street’s release Handel: Israel in Egypt, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2013.

Cantor Daniel Singer

Cantor Daniel Singer was born and raised in Wisconsin and now serves Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan. He has degrees in music and mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, vocal performance from the University of Michigan, sacred music and cantorial ordination from the HUC-JIR Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, and performing arts administration from NYU. Cantor Singer has served Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City for over a decade. He has collaborated with his rabbis and synagogue staff team in executing a revolutionary new vision of worship and programming for an historical Reform congregation on the Upper West Side, which as resulted in many new compositions for worship and education. He served as a Project Director for the Jewish Arts and Music project, an initiative supported by the Covenant Foundation. He recently published two songbook anthologies of his own original sheet music and recordings, Tapestry of Prayer and Aleph Bet Bop, and his compositions are regularly selected for publication by Transcontinental Music Publications. He has won numerous high-level awards and national recognition for his rich bass voice. He is as comfortable singing grand opera as he is singing Broadway, pop, jazz, folk, and a variety of styles of children’s music. He is an accomplished recording artist, multi-faceted guitarist, pianist and composer of new music for the synagogue and stage. He is also a voice actor with national credits for radio, television, and animated feature films. He lives in Manhattan with his beautiful wife Lauren and his two adorable little boys, Aiden and Ariel. When he is not working, he enjoys reading, travelling, camping, and relaxing with his family.

Cantor Maria Dubinsky

Cantor Maria Dubinsky was born in Moscow, Former Soviet Union. In 1990, she and her family made an Aliyah to Israel, where she graduated with a degree in Vocal performance from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. After pursuing a career as a classical performer and an opera singer, Maria relocated to the United States in 2006, where she was ordained as a Cantor by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2010.  Following her ordination from HUC-JIR, Cantor Dubinsky served in North Shore Synagogue and Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York, NY. In 2017, Cantor Dubinsky joined the congregational family of Temple Avodat Shalom in NJ. Cantor Dbinsky is eager to engage the community in music and prayer, as she greatly enjoys her roles as a teacher, musician, spiritual leader, community builder and friend. Cantor Dubinsky is looking to establish and foster meaningful relationships with community members of different generations and backgrounds. Along with her cantorial and performing career, Maria is searching for creative outlets in different forms of artistic expressions. Cantor Dubinsky lives in Fair Lawn, NJ. She is married to Arcady Litmanovich and has two daughters – Maya and Noa.    

Cantor Galit Dadoun Cohen

Galit Dadoun-Cohen brings a unique voice to the cantorate, combining a diverse Sephardic background with extensive classical musical training. Born and raised in Ashdod, Israel, she earned her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma from the Rubin Academy of Music of Tel Aviv University and her Master of Music from Brooklyn College – City University of New York. In 2010, Dadoun-Cohen received her cantorial ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Since then, she has served as the Cantor of Temple B'nai Or in Morristown, N.J.

Galit Dadoun-Cohen has sung opera and classical song in festivals, concerts, and various projects throughout the United States, Europe and Israel. In her cantorate, she strives to deepen the connection with one’s Jewish identity, through music, study, and community building.

During her studies at HUC, Cantor Dadoun-Cohen explored the fusion of traditional Sephardic folk song with Western art music in Jewish music of the 20th and 21st century.  She loves contemporary Israeli music, opera, chanson, and the Hazzanut tradition. These days she is exploring women’s expression and strengthening that voice in Judaism. She is committed to creating bridges between Israeli and Diaspora Jewry.  


Along with her husband Joe, Galit shares the gratitude and joy of raising their three daughters Danielle, Naomi and Maya.

Estelle & Stuart Price
Anne & Dr. Mark Rubin

Merrill Hassenfeld & Dr. Paula Brody, Honorary Chairs
Debbe & Danny Schertzer, Chairs

Michele & Steven Rubin
Jackie Sherman
Nancy & Jack Wiadro

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