2008And Hannah Prayed
Raised in Parsippany, New Jersey, Cantor Erik Contzius has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers College and a Master of Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music. His original works for the synagogue, Hineh Ma Tov and Shalom Rav, have been published by Transcontinental Music, and he also has a large self-published catalogue. His music appears on several recordings, including How Excellent is Thy Name, a collection of Jewish art music for solo cantor and pipe organ. He recently performed in Munich at a concert of Vergessene Musik—The Forgotten Music of the German Jewish Reform Movement. He has also performed at the Leo Baeck Institute’s Jewish Vienna and Germany concerts, at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage, and at the International Organ Festival in Goteborg. He served as Composer-in-Residence at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, and as cantor at Keneseth Israel of Elkins Park and Temple Israel of Omaha. He is currently the Cantor of Temple Israel of New Rochelle. http://www.contzius.com/composer.html