Hazzan Randall Levin
Hazzan Randall Levin enjoys leading the congregation in prayer and song on Shabbat, holidays and special occasions, and serves as a teacher, mentor, and resource for congregants of all ages. The Hazzan is also charged with leading SHJC’s outstanding b’nei mitvah program, tutoring many of the students himself. Prior to coming to SHJC, Hazzan Levin served has served as the Cantor at the Highland Park Conservative Temple Congregation Anshe Emet in New Jersey, and as Cantorial Intern at the Commack Jewish Center in New York. He also served as student Cantor for Agudath Israel Etz Ahayem Synagogue in Montgomery, Alabama. Hazzan Levin holds a master’s degree in Sacred Music and Liturgy from the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music, where he was fully invested as a Hazzan in 2014. While at the Seminary, Hazzan Levin pursued curricular concentrations in Jewish liturgy, worship theory and ritual practice, culminating in his thesis work, “Hazzanut as an Extension of the Rabbinic Mind.” Hazzan Levin has taught and lectured on a wide range of topics including spirituality, emotion and meaning in synagogue music, public versus private prayer, the social function of synagogue song, and Hassidic influences in synagogue music.
Originally from Akron, Ohio, Hazzan Levin attended Beth El Congregation, where he sang in the Beth El Synagogue Choir under the tutelage of Hazzan Stephen Stein. Hazzan Levin received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Akron School of Music before completing his graduate studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Hazzan Levin is also a past Fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival, where he performed a leading role under the baton of legendary New York City Opera maestro Julius Rudel. He has appeared professionally as a soloist in opera and concert productions in the United States and Europe, in addition to teaching private voice lessons.
Hazzan Levin resides happily in the Melville/South Huntington community, along with his wife Emily and their two sons, Henry and Michael.
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