Hazzan Bernard Savitz is a graduate of the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore, Yeshiva College, the James Striar School of Jewish Studies, and the Cantorial Training Institute, all in New York City. In addition, he spent a year at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, studying opera and music theory.
Hazzan Savitz is an ordained Hazzan with the Cantors Assembly, a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians, a lifetime associate member of the American Conference of Cantors, and a member of the Jewish Ministers Cantors Association.
Born in Binghamton, New York, Hazzan Savitz has been a fulltime Cantor for 25 years, having served prestigious congregations in New York, California, and Scottsdale, Arizona. He has achieved an international reputation in Torah chanting, Cantillation, Hazzanic interpretation, and creative improvisation. He has composed and arranged many Cantorial, congregational and folk melodies, including hundreds of secular and religious parodies, and he wrote original settings in Ladino for the major motion picture, Triumph of the Spirit.
Hazzan Savitz studied voice and music with renowned Metropolitan Opera coaches William Lewis, Gorgio Tozzi, and famous cantors. He also trained and sang with the Tri-Cities Opera of Upstate New York, a major training centor for scholarship winners of the Metropolitan Opera. Hazzan Savitz sings in a total of nine languages.
He is a great animal lover, and has worked for many years on behalf of pet adoption and the Humane Society. Hazzan Savitz is a member of the National Institution for the Deaf and Blind. He is an active member of the United States Association of Table Tennis, winning a Gold Medal at the World Huntsman Games, and was also involved in the Oscar-winning motion picture, Forrest Gump.
Hazzan Savitz is "not just a beautiful voice." His enormous versatility, pastoral experience, wonderful sense of humor, and unique rapport with all age groups; combined with a vast knowledge of all branches of Judaism and excellence as a Jewish educator, make Hazzan Savitz one of today's most sought after Jewish professionals
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