HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Music, honoris causa, to Meredith Stone

Friday, April 15, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Cantor Meredith Stone with the Doctor of Music at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York.  Cantor Stone was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.

Cantor Stone has served as Cantor of Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester in Rye, New York, since 1985.  During her long tenure at Congregation Emanu-El, Cantor Stone has made many special contributions to the life of the congregation in addition to her usual duties of leading worship, teaching, and directing choirs.   These include the creation of a vibrant women’s study group with annual retreats, creative initiatives in worship, and years of innovative musical programs.  Cantor Stone is a member of the American Conference of Cantors, the School of Sacred Music Alumni Association, and Kol Hazzanim, a consortium of colleagues in Westchester, NY.  She is also a co-facilitator of a midlife women cantors discussion group.   She can be heard on several recordings of Jewish music including Evening, Morning and Noon: The Sacred Music of Jack Gottlieb.

A graduate of Brown University, she received a Master’s degree in voice from the University of Southern California before earning her Master’s degree in Sacred Music from HUC-JIR, where she was also invested as Cantor, in 1986.

Cantor Stone is an accomplished soprano with a broad range of professional credits as soloist in opera and oratorio.  Among them are her operatic debut with the Baltimore Opera in The Magic Flute, and Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Anchorage Symphony.  She received fellowships to the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals and was a prizewinner in several vocal competitions including the Bel Canto Foundation National Opera Competititon.

She lives in New York City with her husband, Martin and daughters, Mirit and Lila.   

Click here to view the National Ordination/Investiture/Graduation press release.


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