Cantor Charles Osborne had his first singing engagement at twelve as a boy alto. He attended the Hartt College of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut, studying there with Cantor Arthur Koret. He also earned a degree and received his cantorial ordination from the Cantors Institute (now the H.L. Miller Cantorial School) of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in New York. Since 1987, he has served the pulpit of Temple Emanuel in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. At the Jewish Theological Seminary, Osborne also studied composition with Miriam Gideon and Hugo Weisgall. His works include three oratorios, a symphony, concerti for flute and guitar, and more than one hundred choral pieces. Cantor Osborne has made numerous recital, concert, and opera appearances throughout the world and has taught at Hartt College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Northeastern University, and the Hebrew College of Boston. He is the founder and director of Kol Rinah—Boston’s Jewish youth chorus—and a regular participant in the North American Jewish Choral Festival and the “Hazamir” National Jewish High School Choral Festival, with which he toured Israel as music director during the summers of 1996 and 1997.
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