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Benjamin Z. Maissner

Benjamin Z. MaissnerBENJAMIN Z. MAISSNER (1944 – ) is cantor and music director of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. With degrees from the Hebrew Union College of Sacred Music and Temple University, Cantor Maissner is renowned for his knowledge of both secular and liturgical music. He has mastered a variety of musical styles, including Jewish renaissance, early Hebrew art music, and contemporary Canadian, American and Israeli compositions. He is also conductor and music director of Lachan, Toronto’s Jewish Chamber Choir.

A versatile performer himself, Cantor Maissner has been a featured soloist in such theaters as the Mann Auditorium in Jerusalem and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He also has served as musical consultant for documentaries including To Mend the World and The Man Who Hid Anne Frank. He currently serves on the executive board of the Cantors’ Assembly (Conservative) and as vice president of the American Conference of Cantors (Reform). He teaches vocal and cantorial skills and is national chair of the Certification Program of the American Conference of Cantors.

Cantor Maissner teaches and lectures extensively. He has been cantor-in-residence at Hebrew Union College in New York, Cincinnati and Jerusalem. In March 2001, he was recognized with an honorary doctorate in music from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

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