Cantor Olivia Paige Brodsky
Cantor Brodsky is deeply passionate about preserving Jewish culture, tradition, music, and making it evermore applicable to daily life. She is dedicated to the ideal of engaging a diverse community composed of people with varying backgrounds and levels of religious and cultural observance.
Her vision is to help people enrich their lives through a Jewish lens: ethically, socially, intellectually, and spiritually. Growing up, she was touched by liturgical music as an accessible and powerful means of connecting with heritage and community. She believes strongly in the transcendent nature of music and its unparalleled ability to both convey and evoke emotion and spirituality.
Growing up, Cantor Brodsky was touched by liturgical music and recognized it as an accessible and powerful means of connecting with her heritage and community. She believes strongly in the transcendent nature of music, and its unparalleled ability to both convey and evoke emotion and spirituality. Her vision is to help people enrich their lives through a Jewish lens: ethically, socially, intellectually, and spiritually.
Cantor Brodsky was raised in West Bloomfield, Michigan, where, from an early age, she studied with Cantor/composer Meir Finkelstein. She had the privilege of performing with Cantor Finkelstein in his original cantata, “Gates of Righteousness”, which was performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Leonard Slatkin.
Cantor Brodsky attended the double degree program at Tufts University and New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, MA, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Judaic Studies at Tufts and studied Classical Vocal Performance at NEC. She was one of the few members selected from the Tufts University Gospel Choir chosen to perform at the December 2014 “Holidays at the White House” for President and First Lady Obama.
Cantor Brodsky received her Master of Sacred Music and Cantorial Ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York City. She previously served as the student Cantor at Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, VA, Congregation Beth Yam in Hilton Head, SC, the Jewish Community Project (JCP) in Tribeca, and Congregation Rodeph Sholom in NYC. She also worked as a b’nei mitzvah tutor for both the East End Temple and JCP.
Cantor Brodsky is humbled by the opportunity to become an integral part of people’s lives—to provide comfort, and to help instill meaning into life’s joyous, challenging, and ordinary moments. She is excited to work alongside Rabbi Joshua Waxman as they form the new clergy team at Temple Beth Rishon.
To learn more and to hear vocal recordings of Cantor Brodsky, please visit her website: cantoroliviapaigebrodsky.org