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Cantor Mark Childs
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Cantor Mark E. Childs earned his B.A. in music from UC San Diego and his Master of Sacred Music degree along with an Investiture as Cantor from Hebrew Union College-School of Sacred Music in New York City. He is an active member of the American Conference of Cantors as well as the Cantors Assembly. As Cantor of Congregation B’nai B’rith in Santa Barbara since 1991, Mark is involved in all aspects of congregational life. As co-clergy with the Rabbi, Mark shares pulpit responsibilities and is on call for all pastoral and life-cycle needs of the synagogue family.

Mark is at home as a recitalist in Jewish art song, folk song, and all vocal music of the Jewish people as well as classical and musical theater repertoire. He has appeared as the featured soloist with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (Zeisl’s “Requiem Ebraica”), the Portland Symphonic Choir and the Santa Barbara Symphony/Choral Society (Bloch’s "Sacred Service"), the Santa Barbara Grand Opera ("Die Fledermaus", "Don Giovanni"), and has performed Mendelssohn’s "Elijah" and with full chorus and orchestra. His recordings include "Cycles and Symbols" with pianist/composer Bob Remstein, “The Time Has Come for Singing” with soprano Judy Karin, and “The Ballad of Ruth” are currently available.

Cantor Childs’ worship services, educational, and cultural programming have enriched both Jew and non-Jew alike throughout the greater Santa Barbara area where he resides with his wife Shari and sons David and Adam.

Cantor Childs is the staff coordinator of the Congregation B’nai B’rith Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. As music director, he is responsible for all liturgical and non-liturgical music in the synagogue, leading worship services and conducting the Shir Chadash Adult, Teen and Youth Choirs, and the Shir Chadash Band. As music educator he is responsible for music education from pre-school through adult education. Cantor Childs teaches the 6th grade Hebrew School class (Torah cantillation), tutors every Bar/Bat Mitzvah student in preparation for their service, produces full scale musicals involving the talented youth and adults of the congregation, wears ridiculous costumes each year at the Purim spiel, and leads weekly services for the Religious School.
A recent honoree of the ADL’s Distinguished Community Service Award, Cantor Childs’ work in the community has him serving on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County. He is a member of the Greater Santa Barbara Clergy Association and is one of it’s organizers of the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service.

You can contact the Cantor via the CBB main telephone number (805-964-7869 x16) or via email (

Cantor Mark Childs
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