Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller serves as the Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual and Professor of Cantorial Arts at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, and as cantor of Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in White Plains, New York with her husband, Rabbi Lester Bronstein. Her compositions include “Halleluhu,” a multi-rhythmic setting of Psalm 150, “Lamdeini,” “U’kratem D’ror- Proclaim Liberty,” an American/Jewish response to 9/11, and various commissioned works for choirs, synagogues and interfaith liturgical groups. “A World Fulfilled,” a solo recording of her compositions, was released in 2002. A collection of her synagogue compositions, “Azamrah, Songs of Benjie Ellen Schiller” was published in 2019by Transcontinental Music. In 2019, Cantor Schiller received the “Hallel v’zimrah” award from the Jewish Choral Foundation for her compositions of Jewish choral music.
Cantor Schiller has served on the faculty of the Institute for Jewish
Spirituality rabbinic and cantorial programs and the North American
Jewish Choral Festival. She is certified by the Institute for Jewish
Spirituality as a Jewish mindfulness meditation teacher.
"Yihiyu L'ratson" for cantor, choir and piano, Transcontinental Music, 2010
"Lamdeini" for solo, congregation and piano, Transcontinental Music, 2010
"You Are My Song" -- commissioned by the 2009 graduating rabbinical and cantorial classes of Hebrew Union College, New York -- for choir, congregation and piano, Transcontinental Music, 2010
“Water to Water” for voice and piano, commissioned by Mayyim Hayyim – Living Waters Communal Mikveh, Newton MA – 2003; choral arr. commissioned by the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music graduates of 2013
“ U’k’ratem D’ror – Proclaim Liberty,” choral cantata for soprano solo, choir and piano, commissioned by the Zamir Chorale of New York, 2001
“Halleluhu (Psalm 150)” for solo, choir, guitar and percussion, Transcontinental Music, 1987
“The Cantor’s Spiritual Challenge: Defining Agency in Prayer,” Journal of Synagogue Music, Fall 2005
“The Many Faces of Jewish Synagogue Music,” Synagogue 2000 Prayer curriculum, 1999
“The Development of Reform Music from 1890 Until Present: A Study of the Changing Hymnals,” in Lawrence Hoffman and Janet Walton, eds., Two Liturgical Traditions: Sacred Sound and Social Change in Judaism and Christianity, Notre Dame, 1992