|Cantor Ellen Stettner
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Web site: http://www.templebethshira.org
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Cantor Ellen L. Stettner served as the Cantor of the historic Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, New York City, NY, from 1981 through 2002, and was the first person to have occupied that position. She also served Temple Israel in Melbourne, Florida, as interim Spiritual Leader, before accepting the position of Spiritual Leader of Temple Beth Shira in West Boca Raton.
Cantor Stettner taught on the faculty of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music, and served on the Board of Directors of the American Conference of Cantors, serving as Vice President from 2001 to 2004.
In addition to her cantorial and concert work, Cantor Stettner has performed extensively throughout the country with the Santa Fe Opera Company, the New York Opera Ensemble, the New England Chamber Opera, and the Princeton Opera. She won the prestigious National Arts and Letters Vocal Competition in Carnegie Hall and, as a result, was the featured soloist in a performance of Mozart arias with The American Symphony Orchestra. In December, 2004, Cantor Stettner sang with the Army Ground Forces Band, a concert that was taped and shown to US troops in Iraq on Christmas Day. Cantor Stettner was also seen on worldwide television singing for Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison in 1991. In addition, she has been featured in documentaries by the BBC and French National Television.
In May, 2006, Cantor Stettner was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Hebrew Union College for "25 years of devoted service to the Jewish community." But most important of all, she is the very proud mother of Jesse, a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Rosie, a sophomore at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.