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on the Cantorial Transition

The Search Committee submitted PTS’s formal application to the American Conference of Cantors (ACC) on December 1, and has begun interviewing excellent candidates with a wide range of experience and backgrounds.

How It Works

The ACC is the professional organization of over 450 ordained or certified cantors. Responsible for raising the professional standards of synagogue musicians, the ACC offers continuing education programs in conjunction with HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music and professional development opportunities for its members. It also offers placement services to its members and URJ congregations through the Joint Cantorial Placement Commission.

The cantorial placement process is designed to guarantee that cantorial candidates are Jewish professionals ordained or certified by the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, or other accredited seminary approved by the ACC and committed to the values, traditions, and ethics of Reform Judaism.

By working within the formal cantorial placement process, the cantorial position at PTS is now on the ACC’s private (to ACC members) listing of available positions. Cantors interested in applying submit an application (including the resume, “audition” recordings, and other materials). Our committee reviews the applications, and if we’d like to consider one as a candidate, we invite that person to participate in a video-conference interview.

Once we’ve narrowed down the list of candidates to a manageable size, we’ll invite those cantors to visit PTS and to interview in person with our committee.