With a mother who devoted her life to teaching music in synagogues, and relatives at the core of Jewish Music Education in the Chicagoland area, it was “beshert” that Michelle Auslander-Cohen follow a similar path. Along the way she pursued opera studies, earned a Performers Diploma from Indiana University, and received numerous awards as a singer. Her first experience as cantorial soloist was at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. She spent two years as the soprano in a high holiday quartet with internationally acclaimed cantor/opera singer Benjamin Warschawski at B’nai Torah in Boca Raton, and served as cantorial soloist for Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens, both in Florida. For the past five years she has been an Adjunct Voice Instructor at Florida International University. She has given numerous concerts throughout Florida and Chicago, in genres ranging from Broadway to opera, and Yiddish to cantorial music. She has recently discovered a passion for composing settings for Jewish prayers and poems. She is a member of the Women Cantors’ Network, the Guild of Temple Musicians, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. www.michelleauslander.com