Shira Lissek joined The Park Avenue Synagogue Clergy as Cantor in July 2013. In December of 2015 she released her first album of liturgical music called P’tach Libi, Open My heart. A proud member of the Cantors Assembly and Actors Equity, she brings together her wide experience in Jewish Music and education with her Musical Expertise and world class voice. Born in St. Louis Mo. the daughter of a Hazzan she had music all around her and soon began giving concerts for her community and for events around the country. She was invited to sing the National Anthem for the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals and began leading High Holiday services at the age of 19 for Congregation Beth Shalom of Kansas City. At the same time she earned her Bachelor of Music from Indiana University School of Music in vocal performance and her Master of Music in vocal performance from Manhattan School of Music on a Merit Scholarship. As a young artist she performed Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for the Seattle Opera, The Countess in The Marriage of Figaro with Bronx Opera, as well as leading roles with The Center For Contemporary Opera, Danbury Opera and went on to perform leading roles including Mimi in La Boheme for The Center of Contemporary Opera at the Philadelphia Kimmel Center. She was the headlining artist with the Gulf Coast Symphony in A Tribute to Barbara Streisand, Andrew Lloyd Webber Unmasked, and Broadway Blockbusters. With The Klezmer Company Orchestra she was the featured vocalist for their Salsa, Strings and Swing, and Beyond the Tribe, fusing Jewish and World Music. In recital she sang……"Her operatic voice is powerful, glorious, and utterly approachable, wrote Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger. For 3 years she sang the National Anthem and God Bless America for the Staten Island Yankees and will be singing at Madison Square Garden for the WNBA New York Liberty team this fall.
Shira Lissek lives in New York with her husband Lloyd Nerenberg and kids Maayan and Reuben.