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Cantor Seth Warner has served Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis since 2007 as only the third cantor in the Congregation’s 153 year history. He teaches and learns throughout the Congregation with the breadth of the community, including overseeing worship, music and b’nei mitzvah education.
Cantor Warner was ordained from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion after graduate seminary studies in Jerusalem and New York, where he earned a Master of Sacred Music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Redlands in his native Southern California.
Upon ordination he served the historic Touro Synagogue in New Orleans with distinction, producing Touro’s annual Jazz Fest Shabbat service collaborating with such musical greats as Jeremy Davenport and Ellis Marsalis. He sang the title role in Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans as well as being honored on several occasions to sing the National Anthem for the New Orleans Saints.
He currently serves as Vice-President of the American Conference of Cantors. He also volunteers chaplain for first responders in the St. Louis area and presents on traumatic stress and resilency. He is most at home on the bima of Congregation Shaare Emeth, participating in worship services with the Congregation.
Seth and his wife Shayna, live in suburban St. Louis and are the proud parents of two teenage sons.