Emily Howard Meyer
Cantorial Soloist and Music Educator
Emily Howard Meyer (she/her), our Cantorial Soloist and Music Educator, leads services several times a month. She is the conductor of Temple Shalom’s three choral groups: Youth Choir, Teen Choir and Shir Shalom Adult Choir. In addition to her cantorial work, she is also a religious school music and Hebrew School teacher (Trope and Hebrew), as well as one of our B’nai Mitzvah tutors. She also shares her musical talents with our Early Learning Center students weekly.
Emily is an accomplished composer, arranger, conductor, teacher, singer, and pianist. She received a double Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Theory/Composition at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and a Masters of Music in Composition from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She has studied with composers Robert Ehle, Jean Echleberger-Ivey, Ronald Caltabiano and Chen Yi. Her secular and liturgical compositions have been performed by orchestras and groups throughout the country. She is also one of the editors and contributors of Kol Isha: Songs and Settings of Prayers, the first Jewish songbook comprised completely of music by Jewish women composers.
An avid teacher, Emily has taught all aspects of music at Eastern Wyoming College, Finger Lakes Community College and at the Omaha Conservatory of Music. She has also shared her love of Jewish music as a religious school specialist at Temple Israel and Beth El Synagogues of Omaha, NE, Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg, MD, and B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, MD.
Currently, Emily is on the board of the Women Cantors’ Network, an organization which promotes women clergy and women’s music in Judaism. In addition, she is beginning her studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York with the hopes of entering their Kol Bo program, which in many, many years from now, will culminate with an ordination of Rabbi/Cantor.
She lives in Rockville, with her husband Gabe, their teenage twins Ella and Owen and two cats. Emily has an active artistic life as a weaver, knitter, spinner, felter, dyer, potter, carpenter, cake maker and gluten-free baked goods inventor.