Ellen Lerner has been our Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Etz Chaim for 11 years. She has been singing for her entire life and studying voice privately for many years. Her early singing experiences began as a volunteer in Junior High School and extended through High School graduation to a professional and adult volunteer choir in Temple Israel in Columbus, Ohio and, similarly, to an Ann Arbor Michigan, Reform synagogue where she sang during her college years.
Although her degree from the University of Michigan is a BS in nursing, she spent most of her years bringing up five children (now adults). For many years she was a charter member of Madrigalia, a choral ensemble in Rochester, NY, and a member and volunteer in the Temple B'rith Kodesh Saturday morning choir where she eventually became a substitute soloist for Bar/Bat mitzvah services.
She came to Congregation Etz Chaim in 2002. Currently, she is a volunteer and 20-year charter member of The Rochester Jewish Chorale. Other current musical activities include the Gregory Kunde Chorale, the Temple B'rith Kodesh Sisterhood services, as well as performance recitals with the Rochester Vocal Collaborative.