Cantor Jerome B. Kopmar


Cantor Jerome B. Kopmar, a native of Hartford, CN, is a graduate of the Cantors Institute/College of Jewish Music of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (H.L. Miller Cantorial School). He also studied at the Hartt College of Music—University of Hartford, and the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a scholarship student of the great American soprano Eleanor Steber. Cantor Kopmar was a practicing cantor for thirty-five years, of which six years were at Beth El Congregation in Akron, OH and twenty-seven years at Beth Abraham Synagogue in Dayton, OH. Upon his retirement he was named Cantor Emeritus by the congregation. He was the founder and director of the renowned Beth Abraham Youth Chorale. As a concert performer and conductor he has appeared in concerts and recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Israel. Cantor Kopmar has more than twenty recordings to his credits including his latest, Songs of My heart(Legacy Records), which features him performing his own compositions with the Wesleyan Chamber Orchestra. As a composer, Cantor Kopmar has been commissioned by synagogues and temples throughout the United States and Canada. His works—both liturgical and secular— have been published by Tara Publications, Transcontinental Music Publishers, the Cantors Assembly, and Salem Music Press. Kopmar has been a private voice instructor for more than thirty years. For the past twelve years he has been an adjunct professor of vocal studies at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. He also was the director of the Women’s Camerata Singers at the college. He and his wife Goldye, a respected violin instructor, reside in Clayton, OH. Cantor Kopmar received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in March, 2006 in recognition of his lifetime achievements.