Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller


Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller is Professor of Cantorial Arts at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music, in New York. Her work involves training cantorial students to bridge the gap between performance and spiritual leadership. Cantor Schiller serves as cantor with her husband, Rabbi Lester Bronstein, at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue of White Plains, New York. They sing together in Beged Kefet, a philanthropic Jewish music ensemble. Cantor Schiller is a nationally known composer. Her works include Life-Song Cycle, a series of pieces for Jewish life passage ceremonies; Halleluhu, a multi-rhythmic setting of Psalm 150; V’ye’etayu, Grace, U’kratem D’ror- Proclaim Liberty and various commissioned works for synagogues, choirs, and interfaith liturgical groups. A World Fulfilled, a solo recording of her compositions, was released in 2002. Cantor Schiller serves as a faculty member of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality Cantorial Program. She tours the United States as a “cantor in residence,” sharing new musical approaches to prayer and celebration.