Cantor Jonathan Angress’ musical career began at the age of 6 when he saw the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, and knew that he wanted to play the violin. As a teenager, Cantor Angress played for various charity events within the South Florida Jewish community for such organizations as The Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Bar-Ilan University, and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Cantor Angress was also the assistant concertmaster of the South Florida Youth Symphony for which he also composed and conducted Jewish music, introducing and teaching a Judaic repertoire for the first time in the organization’s 40-year history.
While taking Bar-Mitzvah lessons, Cantor Angress learned that he was able to sing and promptly began voice and cantorial lessons with his cantor while being a member of the synagogue youth choir. Very soon after, Cantor Angress was called upon to lead services on a regular basis and conduct the synagogue choir at the age of 14. Throughout the past decade, Cantor Angress has held cantorial and teaching positions throughout South Florida, Maryland, and New York City.
Cantor Angress received his Bachelors degree in Music and Judaic Studies from the University of Miami. He also played a vital role in the establishment of the Pre- Cantorial studies program at the Frost School of Music, which included building a Jewish musical curriculum as well as teaching Jewish music in classroom and professional rehearsal settings. Cantor Angress has also studied and performed with world-renowned cantors such as Jack Mendelson, Moshe Schulhof, Louis Danto, Yitchak Meir Helfgot, Naftali Herstik, and Yehuda Rottner. The culmination of Cantor Angress’ many years of study came to fruition in 2014 when he received his Masters degree in Sacred Music and Cantorial Investiture from the H. L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City.
Cantor Angress is honored and humbled to become part of the Beth El community and looks forward to making great music together!