Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Cantor Barbara Gay Margulis with the Doctor of Music at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. Cantor Margulis was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.
A native of Atlanta, GA, Cantor Margulis earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University in Deland, FL in 1976. After returning home, she became a music teacher and junior choir director at Temple Sinai in Atlanta, and in 1979 she entered the University of Maryland, where she earned her Master of Music in 1981. While attending graduate school, she served as Cantorial Assistant at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, MD. Following her graduation, she attended HUC-JIR’s School of Sacred Music in New York. Her student pulpits included Temple N’nai Israel in Elmont, NY, and Temple Sinai in Stamford, CT. She was invested as Cantor in June of 1985.
Cantor Margulis served at Temple Anshe Emeth in New Brunswick, NJ, and at Temple Beit Breira in Miami, FL, before coming to Temple Kehillah Chaim in Roswell in 1989. Over the last twenty years, she has performed in numerous concerts and festicals throughout the Atlanta area. The volunteer adult choir that she built at the Kehillah is well known for its excellence and versatility, and it too has performed throughout the Atlanta area and beyond. In 1994, her congregation’s Youth Choir was chosen by the UAHC as one of the two choirs to create Shiron L’Noar, a compact disk featuring music from the Manginot curriculum (a UAHC suggested music curriculum for Jewish youth. From 2000 to 2002, she was director of the Shalom Chorale, the Atlanta Area Jewish Children’s Chorus. In 2002 and 2008, she conducted the URJ SE Regional Biennial Choir. In 2004, she conducted the WRJ SE Region Biennial choir.
Cantor Margulis currently serves on the Executive Board of the American Conference of Cantors, is Chair of the Joint Cantorial Placement Commission, and is co-chair for the 2010 ACC/GTM Convention in Memphis. She lives in Roswell with her husband, David, and their children.