Joshua Breitzer - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Joshua Breitzer , Cantor, MM, MSM

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Adjunct Instructor and Coach

HUC-JIR/New York

Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, New York
Administration Department: 
Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music
Academic Field: 
Sacred music
Research Interests: 
Sacred Music; Contemporary Worship Innovation; Traditional Nusach; Cantillation

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Cantor Joshua Breitzer is an Adjunct Instructor and Coach at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music (DFSSM). He also serves as cantor and music director of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn and is the founding conductor of HaZamir Brooklyn, a chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir.

A mid-Michigan native, Cantor Breitzer attended Interlochen Arts Camp and holds voice degrees from the University of Michigan and the New England Conservatory. Prior to receiving ordination at HUC-JIR in 2011 and eventually joining the adjunct faculty there,Cantor Breitzer presented a graduate thesis on the sacred vocal works of Jack Gottlieb, with whom he worked closely during the last months of the composer’s life.

Cantor Breitzer has performed throughout America and Israel and has taught under the auspices of many prestigious Jewish and secular music organizations. He makes a home with his wife Donna and young sons Jonah and Gideon in the Park Slope neighborhood.



Selected Publications and Edited Works

Jack Gottlieb (1930-2011) – A Retrospective,” Musica Judaica Vol. 20 (2014)

“Shavuot and World Jewry’s Poetic Revelations,” ACC Notes Worth Knowing (2012) 

“Rosh Hashanah Music: Remembering the Birth of Creation,” (2012)

Current and Future Courses
Music of the Haggadah
Contemporary Shabbat Repertoire
Cantorial Certification Coach
Public Lecture Topics
Accentuating Awe: A High Holiday Cantillation Workshop How to Set Liturgy to Niggunim
The Music of Jack Gottlieb in Contemporary Jewish Worship