Cantor Alexandra S. Fox, 31, brings the prayer e book to life by way of her music. After receiving a Bachelor of Science from Hofstra University in vocal music and a Master of Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Cantor Fox grew to become ordained in May of 2018 from HUC-JIR.
Now, Cantor Fox works because the inaugural cantor at Har Sinai-Oheb Shalom Congregation (HSOSC). Prior to shifting to Baltimore and starting her work at HSOSC, Cantor Fox served a congregation within the Bay Area as their cantor. Cantor Fox has additionally introduced the HSOSC band again to life.
Cantor Fox and her companion Joe Marcus reside in Baltimore City.
Did you all the time know that you simply wished to be a cantor?
Yes. Becoming a cantor has been my dream since I used to be about 8 years outdated. I used to be fortunate sufficient to be impressed by my childhood mentor, Cantor Stephen Dubov. He planted the thought of changing into a cantor after I joined his youth choir in third grade, and there has by no means been the rest I wished extra.
What do you like about your job?
I really like that I get to assist folks of all ages hook up with and uncover their very own Jewish identities. I particularly love that a number of the work I do is centered round music. As probably the most common language, music speaks to everybody in several methods, and I really feel so fortunate that I get to make use of that as a software to assist form Jewish experiences and moments for our congregants. Among my favourite elements of my job is accompanying households by way of demise, trauma and illness. Holding households throughout such instances and serving to to deliver which means by way of music throughout such making an attempt instances is without doubt one of the biggest honors.
Why do you’re feeling it is very important deliver the HSOSC band again?
The HSOSC band is at the moment comprised of 9 congregants who play devices. They are so passionate about bringing our sacred music to life, which is each cantor’s dream. Giving our congregants the chance to play throughout companies is without doubt one of the some ways we, HSOSC, can fulfill our mission of serving to our congregants hook up with their Jewish identities. We had been all set to have our first service again in mid-January, however sadly, needed to postpone with the arrival of the omicron variant. If all goes as deliberate, the band’s first service again might be June 18 at 10 a.m. This service might be part of our neighborhood’s Festival of Installation and we’re all so excited to be again in motion.
Why is the band particular to you?
One of the explanations I took the job at HSOSC was due to this unbelievable band. My musical philosophy is grounded in various the execution fashion of our liturgical music. When we sing the identical phrases within the prayerbook week after week, altering the instrumentation is probably probably the most environment friendly approach to shift the musical texture, which results in quite a lot of entry factors for our neighborhood. This is how we preserve the music alive and attention-grabbing week after week and what I hope will make folks need to come again to wish with us. I’m so grateful to have a gaggle of congregants devoted to serving to me fulfill this mission.
What does being a cantor imply to you?
When I used to be somewhat lady, I used to be so impressed by the thought of having the ability to use my voice to deliver the phrases of our liturgy to life. As I obtained older, I noticed that being a cantor is that this plus a lot extra. My primary hope as a cantor is that I’ll assist folks discover, join with and discover their private Jewish identities, usually utilizing music as a vessel for doing so. It is just not my job to inform them how they need to join or what Jewish issues they need to be doing. Rather, my job is to offer the house for them to discover and develop themselves, hopefully inspiring them to repeatedly dig extra deeply and discover new crevasses of their Jewish identities at each flip of life.