A graduate of Hebrew Union College, CANTOR DAVID M. GOLDSTEIN began serving North Shore Congregation Israel in 2006. In addition to a Master of Sacred Music Degree from HUC-JIR-SSM, he holds three Master Degrees in Drama and Communications and Fine Arts (Voice) from the University of New Orleans and Tulane University. Recently David received his Specialists Certificate from Berklee School of Music in Desktop Music Publication using Logic. He also received his Honorary Doctorate from HUC-JIR-DFSSM. Cantor Goldstein has entertained audiences throughout United States, Canada and Israel. He has performed as solo artist with the New Orleans Opera Guild, Gulf Coast Opera, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Greater Buffalo Opera among others. Critics have said of him that: his singing is “wonderfully communicative;” he “sings with great care;” his “singing is refreshingly lyrical,” and he was “mesmerizing.” He has been the soloist in numerous works including Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, the baritone (cantor) in Bloch’s Sacred Service, and Bernstein’s Arias and Barcaroles. He has been a featured performer at Merkin Hall and Town Hall in New York City and in numerous prestigious concert venues in the United States, Canada and Israel. As well, his performances and recordings have been broadcast on NPR, its local affiliates and WFMT. David is a featured cantor on a five CD set, documenting music of the Holy Days, entitled Yamim Noraim, published by Transcontinental Music. Cantor Goldstein was the first cantor to be presented as the featured soloist at the “Interfaith Concert” at the Chautauqua Festival in the Main Amphitheater. Recently, he was one of seven featured cantors in the anniversary concert of Bloch’s Sacred Service at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco. Released in the fall of 2009 and 2010 a two volume set of cds North Shore Congregation Israel Holy Days vol 1: Rosh Hashanah and its companion North Shore Congregation Israel Holy Days vol 2: Yom Kippur highlight the music offered during the Holy Days at NSCI. In addition to vocal performing, Cantor Goldstein has been invited to speak at congregations in the United States and Canada, teach and give Master Classes on a variety of topics including voice, Jewish Music, liturgical practices at the University of New Orleans, Tulane University, Mercer University, Georgia State University, SUNY at Buffalo and Garrett-Evangelical Seminary. He was a member of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra playing violin in the first violin section. Cantor Goldstein also arranged pieces performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and the Advent Chamber Orchestra of Chicago. Cantor Goldstein served as president of the American Conference of Cantors. He also served on the boards of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (currently the URJ), ARZA/World Union NA, Joint Commissions on Synagogue Music and Worship and numerous committees. Presently he is the Chairman of the ACC Pension and Insurance Board, an ex-officio member of the Board of the American Conference of Cantors and serves on the ACC Endowment Fund Committee.
- Master of Sacred Music Degree from HUC-JIR-SSM
- Master Degree in Drama & Communications, University of New Orleans
- Masters of Fine Arts (Voice), Tulane University;