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Matt Austerklein brings Jewish music and its history alive in a way that speaks to modern questions of culture, leadership, and theology.  Join him online or invite him in person.

Upcoming Events

September 15-25, 2023

High Holidays
Temple Beth Sholom, Sarasota, FL

November 6-11, 2023

Faculty, European Cantors Association Conference
Villa Seligmann, Hannover, Germany

Nov. 27 - Dec. 18, 2023
4 Mondays, 1:00pm-2:15pm 

Script & Scripture: Torah & Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors
Melton International Online

April 4, 2024

Lecture: "Rossi in Moravia" - Cantors in Czech Lands (1500-1750)
New York, NY (Information TBD)

Past Events

Art Gallery Talk, "Jewish Highlights Tour of the Ringling," Ringling Art Museum, 9/19/23.

Invited Lecture, "Prague & Poland: the Birth of Chazonus," American Conference of Cantors, 9/6/23.

Invited Lecture, "High Holiday Advice from a 300-Year Old Cantor" - Klau Library, HUC-Cincinnati 8/29/23


Faculty, North American Jewish Choral Festival, 7/9/23-7/13/23


ZOOM Class: "The Bard & the Bible - Comparing Shakespeare to Torah," Melton International Online, 6/8/23


Guest Singer, "A Joyful Noise: Cantor's Cabaret," The Emanuel Synagogue (West Hartford, CT), 5/21/23, 


ZOOM Class: "The Pop Culture of Prayer" Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, 4/24/23-5/15/23


Irish-Yiddish Shabbaton, Temple Beth El (Rochester, NY) - 3/17-23-3/18/23

Shabbaton & Purim, Temple Beth El (Rochester, NY) - 3/3/23-3/7/23


Wizards of Ashkenaz Performance, Temple Beth Sholom, (Sarasota, FL) - 2/26/23

Winter Residency, Temple Beth Sholom (Sarasota, FL) - 12/21/22-1/28/23

In Concert with Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, Temple Beth Sholom (Sarasota, FL) - 12/25/22

"The Secular Sulzer: Art Songs & Popular Music of the First Modern Cantor," presented at 75th Cantors Assembly Convention (Los Angeles, CA) - 11/15/22 

Cantor-in-Residence, Temple Beth El (Rochester, NY) - 11/5/22-11/7/22

ZOOM Class: "Jewish Music & Migration, 1550-1650" Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, 10/9/22-12/12/22

High Holidays at Temple Beth Sholom (Sarasota, FL) - 9/25/22-10/5/22

"Rabbis Enraged: Cantorial Transgression in the 18th Century Synagogue" - Paper given at 18th World Congress for Jewish Studies (Jerusalem, Israel)


Shakespeare & the Sacred Text: A Midsummer Retreat, Jewish Studies Faculty (UC Irvine School of Humanities). 7/25/22-7/29/22

North American Jewish Choral Festival, Faculty (Stamford, CT) 7/10/22-7/14/22

Introduction to Eicha: Text & Trope, European Academy of Jewish Learning 6/9/22-6/30/22

Richard Briskin Cantor-in-Residence. Weekend, Temple Beth El (Rochester, NY),  4/1/22-4/3/22

Cantor-in-Residence., Agudas Achim Congregation (Alexandria, VA),            3/25/22-3/27/22


Online Class, "A Jewish Guide to the Orchestra" - 4-part series for Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, IVRIM Jews Without Borders, & Cantors Assembly. 2/7/22-2/28/22. 

Lecture-Recital, "The Secular Sulzer: Art Songs & Popular Music of the First Modern Cantor." The Temple-Tifereth Israel, Beachwood, OH. 2/27/22.


Lecture, "Music Rising: The Story of the Early Modern Cantor" Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Germany). Online, 2/10/22.


Lecture, "Music Theology: The Many Torahs of Jewish Music." Agudas Achim Congregation,  Alexandria, VA,  1/13/22.

"Prayer in the Key of Jack" - Special Shacharit with the repertoire of Hazzan Jack Kessler for OHALAH Conference, 1/12/22.

Guest Cantor - Temple Judea (Fort Myers, FL) 1/8/22

Concert - Bet Shira Congregation & IVRIM Jews Without Borders (Miami, FL) 12/21/21


Lecturer, "Disruptive Innovations in Jewish Music" 4-part series for Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, IVRIM Jews Without Borders, & Cantors Assembly. 11/15/21 -12/6/21. 


Teacher, "Songs of Ascent: Musical Paths To Healing After Tragedy" for 10/27    Commemorative Torah Study (Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh), 10/27/21.

Link to Source Sheet

Guest lecturer, H.L. Miller Cantorial School, JTS 10/20/21


Speaker, Book Launch for Encyclopedia of British Cantors (ECA)  10/6/21

Singer, Concert for Healing with Ivrim Jews Without Borders, 10/6/21

"Rabbis Enraged: Cantorial Transgression in the 17th-18th Century Synagogue" for Joshua Horowitz (KlezCalifornia) Jewish music series. Online, 9/27/21 

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