Cantor Perry Fine
A lifetime of Jewish Music & Prayer
Cantor Perry Fine this year is celebrating both his 10th anniversary at Temple Beth Shalom and his 30th year in the cantorate. He has been singing Jewish music ever since his days as a boy soprano soloist with Hazzan Hillel Lipsicas’ High Holy Day choir in his hometown of Baltimore. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Jewish Theological Seminary, Cantor Fine has given concerts and lectures around the country on various aspects of Jewish music. His benefit programs with regional colleagues helped establish the ‘Oheb Beth Yisrael’ Scholarship Fund for JTS cantorial students. For many years, he toured with ‘Cantors’ Cabaret’, a trio ensemble whose music highlighted Jewish Broadway. More recently, his lectures on topics such as the ‘Music of Israel’, ‘Jews, Judaism and the American Musical Theatre’, and his ‘Top 10 Countdown of Jewish Prayer’ have helped engage our TBS community during these challenging months of the pandemic.
Cantor Fine is the conductor and co-founder of Voices in Harmony, an interfaith choral ensemble that has served the Essex County community for the past twenty-five years. This group has performed in numerous concerts and interfaith services throughout the MetroWest region. Cantor Fine conducts Beth Shalom’s youth and adult choirs, and has created the innovative Daled Torah Reading program for sixth graders in the Temple’s Hebrew School. Cantor Fine has been awarded the Conservative Movement’s Nathan H. Winter Award for Professional Excellence, and in 2015 was recognized for his work with the SOMA Community Coalition on Race. For the past twenty-five years, Cantor Fine has served on the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching Biblical Cantillation to a generation of budding cantorial students.
His recordings include settings of the Yom Kippur Service for the Milken Archive Series of Jewish Music and his innovative Friday Night Live Service.
He is married to Miki, together this year celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary! He is the proud stepfather to Yonatan and Daniel and Saba (grandfather) to Lyla Rose.