Biography

Biography

 

Cantor Marshall Kapell joined the staff of Congregation B'nai Tzedek in July 2002.  In 2005 he married Sara Klein-Kapell. Cantor Kapell was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where his family belonged to Congregation Beth Yeshurun. At an early age, Cantor Kapell demonstrated an affinity for music, which took him to the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where he graduated with a concentration in vocal music. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Texas, along with a certification to teach grades K-12. While a student at UNT, Cantor Kapell also taught Jewish music and planned a variety of musical programs at a nearby synagogue. Following his graduation from college, Cantor Kapell taught music to elementary school students for a year before deciding on a career path that would forever change his life.

In 1997 Cantor Kapell enrolled in the  H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and was honored as an H.L. Miller Fellow during his last three years of studies. Concurrent with the cantorial program at JTS, Cantor Kapell also served as an instructor of Jewish studies at Pelham Jewish Center in Pelham, New York.  Cantor Kapell was selected by his class to speak at their commencement ceremony, where he touched on the Cantor's role in Jewish communal life. 

In the fall of 1999, Cantor Kapell accepted a position as the part-time cantor of the Rodef Sholom Temple in Hampton, Virginia. The three years he spent at Rodef Sholom, Cantor Kapell conducted Shabbat and holiday services and developed special Shabbat programs. During the summers, he worked at the Jewish Community Center in Houston as a Jewish Education Specialist, where he helped to create a Jewish studies program that merited an Award in Jewish Excellence from the Jewish Community Associations Biennial.
 
Cantor Kapell enjoys sharing his love and knowledge of Jewish music with members of B’nai Tzedek, of all ages, and to inspiring congregants to discover their own spirituality through song and prayer.