During Sheldon F. Merel’s outstanding career, he presented concerts at: Notre Dame University, San Francisco Opera House, Purdue University, Canadian Stratford Music Festival, San Diego State University, Tulsa, Los Angeles, and several Symphony Halls in San Diego. He won first place among lyric tenors in the Chicago Tribune Music competitions, was a member of the San Francisco Opera Guild Talent Bank, and recorded background cantorial chants for the documentary film, Homage to Chagall, an Emmy award nomination. In 1991, he was soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, England on a CD with Conductor David Amos.

Sheldon Merel was invested as cantor-educator in 1952 at the Hebrew Union College-School of Sacred Music in New York City, and in 1998 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music. Before coming to Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego, Cantor Merel served congregations in the mid-west, Oakland, California, and Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. In San Diego, Cantor Merel presented annual orchestral concerts in his synagogue and churches with Maestro David Amos and his Jewish Community Center Symphony Orchestra. Upon his retirement, members of Congregation Beth Israel established a cantorial scholarship fund bearing his name in perpetuity at Hebrew Union College-School of Sacred Music.

Standing Ovation, produced and edited by his wife, Marcie was released in 2002. Cantor Merel’s 2nd CD, Chants of a Lifetime from Synagogue to Opera was released in the Fall of 2010 were jointly produced and edited by the Cantor and his wife, Marcie. Both CDs can be purchased from www.CDBaby.com.


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