Suzanne Guinane earned a Bachelor of Science, K – 12, in Music Education from West Chester University with a Major in Voice and Minor in Piano. She was awarded an Apprenticeship with the Pennsylvania Opera Theater in her senior year, has taught Early Childhood through grade 8 music and developed curriculum in the New Jersey Public School System.
Suzanne’s Cantorial Soloist work and studies began at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA. While serving as Cantorial Soloist at Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ, she coordinated the School of Ruach (directed the Youth Choir, Music Director for Purim Shpiel in grades 6 – 12 and students in grades 7 – 12 chanting Torah, Haftarah and sharing D’vrei Torah in Junior Congregation for grades 5 and 6), taught Music in the Early Childhood Center, Religious School and Hebrew High; tutored B’nei Mitzvah, officiated at services and life cycle events. At Adath Emanu-el in Laurel Springs, NJ, she taught Hebrew in grades 4 – 6, Song Leading Elective, led Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in the preschool and grades 3 -6, Coordinated Teen Night and taught the Lapid Program (Alternative Judaica Program for students in grades 4 -6 and their families). Before joining the Congregation Beth Israel family, Suzanne was the Cantorial Soloist and Music Director at Temple Emanuel in Tempe, AZ.
She is a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians, Women Cantors’ Network, ARJE (Association of Reform Jewish Educators), Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Network and 1988 recipient of the Women’s Way Recognition Award.
Her Opera, Oratorio and Musical Theater highlights include: World Premiere of “The Sibyl” by Vincent Persichetti; United States Premiere of “Ballad of Matthausen” by Theodorakis; soloist with Pottstown Symphony and Orchestra Society of Philadelphia; Soloist in Handel’s “Messiah” for New Jersey Cable Network; Original Reading of “The Visit” by Michael Ogborn and the World Premiere of “Eleanor and Hick” by Tom Wilson Weinberg.
Suzanne enjoys hiking, walking the beach, reading, her girls (cats Goldi and Kiva) and is thrilled to continue this sacred work at Congregation Beth Israel. You can email Suzanne at suzanneg@CarmelBethIsrael.org.