The voices of University Synagogue’s Cantors’ Concert 2018:
Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro
Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro has been with University Synagogue since 2014. She received her cantorial ordination and masters of sacred music from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in 2003.
Cantor Shapiro was the first female voice to be heard at the Eldridge Street Synagogue in New York City. She has also appeared in concert at Town Hall and Symphony Space in New York City; Beit Daniel, Tel Aviv, Israel; The Basilicia of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome, Italy; and at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cantor Shapiro has also been a leader in interfaith dialogue through Saint Joseph's University Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations and Sacred Heart University's Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding. She has been a guest lecturer at the Hebrew Union College, New York and Los Angeles campuses, New York University's Ireland House and Trinity College in Dublin.
Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, she graduated with a B.A. in English from Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota, and then pursued further study at the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. Cantor Shapiro serves on the board of the American Conference of Cantors – where she previously served as vice president of member relations and external partnerships.
She is married to Dr. Scott Spencer, an academic trained in ethnomusicology, whose work focuses on intersections of oral tradition and digital technology. They live in Mar Vista with their two children, Zev and Frances.