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Cantor Andrea Rae Markowicz is honored to be the first permanent, ordained Cantor of Am Shalom in Glencoe, IL. Ordained in 2013 from The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), she has an extensive background in secular and liturgical music, Jewish and Israel Education. She holds a Master of Sacred Music from HUC-JIR, a Master of Music from The Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan.

Before joining the clergy team at Am Shalom, Cantor Markowicz was a Cantorial Soloist/Intern at various congregations including Central Synagogue of New York City, Temple Beth Or in Montgomery, Alabama, Temple Beth Shalom in Annapolis, Maryland, and Agudath B’nai Israel in Lorain, OH. While living in Israel, she served with Progressive (Reform) congregation Ohel Avraham in Haifa and Independent congregation Beit Tefilah Israeli in Tel Aviv in Israel, and still maintains close ties with both congregations.

Cantor Markowicz is a proud member of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), Actors Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). Prior to becoming a Cantor, she toured Israel as Abigail Adams in 1776, the United States in Camelot, starring Robert Goulet, and as Meip Gies in the musical Anne Frank: A Voice Heard. Other notable credits include Carnegie Hall in Noel Coward’s Centennial Celebration and Radio City Music Hall for the The ESPY Awards. Favorite regional productions include Hair, Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Over the Moon with Gilbert & Sullivan (Marion Terry), The Boyfriend (Polly Browne), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night, and Cameron Mackintosh’s Encore, Mr. Producer!.

In addition to weekly services at Am Shalom, Cantor Markowicz is a sought after concert artist, most recently appearing in Cantors on Broadway, The Whole Megillah: The Story of the Yiddish Theatre with Charles Troy and Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, and Beyond Fiddler: A Journey Through Jewish Musical Theater. She can also be seen in the touring concert production of Shalom Broadway with Broadway Pops International. Inspired by her grandfather, Philip Markowicz, a Holocaust survivor and Torah scholar, Cantor Markowicz is the featured soloist on Albany Records Album entitled Tikvah, available on iTunes. Cantor Markowicz is proud to have produced two albums through Music at Am Shalom, Lamdeini: Teach me, O God, a Blessing, a Prayer and this year’s newest release #BLESSED.

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