Cantor Singer’s magnificent voice, vibrant spirit and warm presence enrich our congregation’s spiritual, educational and communal experiences.
Cantor Daniel Singer has served SWFS since July of 2006 as the third cantor in the history of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. Formerly serving the pulpits of Temple Shaaray Tefila in Manhattan, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue,Temple Adas Israel of Sag Harbor, and Temple Beth El of Bloomfield Hills Michigan, he brings great enthusiasm and energy both on the pulpit and as an administrator of many enriching and exciting music programs and concerts.
Drawing on a wide ranging knowledge of jewish music, Cantor Singer is as comfortable singing 18th century classical liturgical repertoire or leading the congregation in traditional Hasidic or Sephardic melodies as he is performing Jewish pop acapella with SIX13 or singing roles with the Yiddish Theater or opera. "A singing community" is one of Cantor Singer’s major goals, and together with Rabbi Hirsch has implemented a revolutionary model of worship for the congregation that has earned accolades from Jewish professionals and congregants of diverse religious backgrounds and demographics. If he is in the building, you will probably hear him singing — in the offices, corridors, and stairways, as well as the sanctuary. He has participated in numerous recording projects and has been recognized for the publications of his original compositions through Transcontinental Music Publications.
Cantor Singer majored in music and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin in Superior, and holds Masters’ degrees in vocal performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and in sacred music from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music in Jerusalem and Manhattan. Before entering the cantorate, he was Voice Department Chair Opera Workshop Director, and Head Start Coordinator at the Flint School for the Performing Arts. Resident artist with the Toledo Opera and other regional and international vocal arts programs including the Israel Vocal Arts and Brevard Music Center. Today, he continues his professional development through advanced coursework in arts administration at New York University and affiliation and participation in the American Conference of Cantors and Cantor's Assembly, also continuing to participate in numerous cantorial concerts, oratorio, and recitals throughout the country and abroad.