Director of Placement
Cantor Kay Greenwald serves as the Director of Placement for the American Conference of Cantors. Kay has taken over the Placement Department of the ACC as of August 1, 2012.
Kay Greenwald grew up in Southern California where she attended Pomona College, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Classical Studies. Upon graduating from Pomona, Kay matriculated to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and completed a Master’s in Vocal Performance. Kay then moved to Vienna, where she spent the next few years singing opera both in Vienna as well as throughout the rest of Austria.
When Kay returned to the United States, she determined to join her love of music with her passion for Judaism. She was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in 1992. Following her investiture Kay moved to the peninsula of the San Francisco Bay area, becoming Assistant Cantor at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California. Kay served Beth Am for 13 years moving first to Associate, and then to Senior Cantor status over the course of her service to the congregation. Today Kay is Cantor Emerita at Congregation Beth Am.
Having served on numerous ACC task forces and committees, as well as the ACC Executive Board, Kay is a past president of the ACC. Kay has also served on committees of the Union for Reform Judaism, where she continues as an active URJ Board Member.
Kay is happily married to Lee, a physician, and is the proud mother of Bill, who is a student at UCLA.