Cantor Lauren Bandman is founder, owner and instructor at The Studio: Private Music Lessons, LLC in the historic German Village neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, where she maintains a thriving studio teaching voice, piano, guitar, audition preparation (specializing in musical theatre), and Judaica - including cantillation. She delights in teaching her students who range from age 7 to 70s!
Cantor Bandman received her Bachelor of Music Education with high honors, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University, where she studied a classical approach to singing through aria and art song and specialized in choral conducting. She earned her Master of Sacred Music and Cantorial Ordination from the School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.
In 2015, Cantor Bandman began her chaplaincy training at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, NY through a program of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In 2017, she completed a year-long chaplaincy residency with OhioHealth in Columbus, OH. Through these programs, Cantor Bandman earned four units of Clinical Pastoral Education and the designation of Spiritual Care Provider through the Association of Professional Chaplains.
From 2006 to 2015, Cantor Bandman served as senior cantor of Congregation Beth Am, in Los Altos Hills, California, a progressive congregation on the forefront of the Reform movement. Since 2015, she continues to serve as cantor of Temple Sholom of Springfield, Ohio (Shabbat); Temple Har Shalom in Park City, Utah (High Holy Days). Most recently, Cantor Bandman joined the team at Congregation Agudas Achim in Columbus, OH as Innovative Liturgical Programs/Educator where she can be found consulting, teaching and leading Shabbat services.
Cantor Lauren Bandman is co-creator and performer of Love's Journey, a one-woman show of musical theatre and American standards that tells of a woman's journey through life and love. In addition to several synagogue musical compilations, including 2014's A Sanctuary in Time: Erev Shabbat at Congregation Beth Am, Cantor Bandman can also be heard on A Collection of Soulful Jewish Melodies: Nigun Anthology -- Volume I (Transcontinental Music Publications), as well as a cameo appearance on Shifreles Portret: A Yiddish Art Song Project.
Cantor Lauren Bandman is a proud member of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC) where she served on the Executive Board as well as Chair of the ACC Ethics Committee from 2015-2018. She was a member of the national Commission on Worship, Music and Religious Living from 2010-2018. In 2014, Cantor Bandman co-chaired the ACC-GTM Convention in Israel, and was named ACC Volunteer of the Month in February, 2015.
In November 2010, Cantor Bandman was honored to be selected as one of twenty cantors to travel to Rome, Italy to perform the first-ever concert of Jewish music at the Vatican - the highlight of a conference on Jewish-Catholic relations. In addition to participating in the cantorial choir for this landmark event, Cantor Bandman conducted one piece and was soloist for another piece on the program. She also introduced the concert - in Italian!
Cantor Lauren Bandman lives in Columbus, Ohio where she pursues her passions as Cantor, chaplain, private music and Judaica instructor, audition coach and performer.