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Cantor Kay Greenwald serves as the Director of Placement for the American Conference of Cantors. Cantor 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, Cantor Greenwald matriculated to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and completed a Master’s in Vocal Performance. She then moved to Vienna and spent the next few years singing opera throughout the country of Austria, as well as numerous venues throughout the United States.
When Cantor Greenwald returned permanently to the U.S., 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 ordination Cantor Greenwald moved to the San Francisco Bay area, becoming Assistant Cantor at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California. She 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 Cantor Greenwald is Cantor Emerita at Congregation Beth Am.
Having served on numerous ACC task forces and committees, as well as the ACC Executive Board, Cantor Greenwald is a past president of the ACC. Cantor Greenwald has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Cantor Greenwald is happily married to Lee, a physician, and is the proud mother of Bill, who is a graduate student in Bioinformatics at UC San Diego.