Cantor Anita Schubert grew up in Queens and Lynbrook, L.I. She received her bachelors degree in education at the University of Rochester and a masters degree at the University of Maryland. Anita’s interest in leading services developed in the late ‘80’s, as women were able to enter that arena for the first time. After a few years of developing her skills, as well as teaching music and training B’nei mitzvah students for several local Hebrew schools, she felt that that the cantorate was indeed the career she was meant to pursue.
Anita did most of her cantorial and general music studies in the Washington, D.C. area. Between 1991 and 2001 she served several congregations ranging from Reform to Reconstructionist to Conservative--in Bethesda and Columbia, MD; Ocean and Clifton, NJ; and Evanston, IL. In 2001 she came to Temple Beth Sholom in Manchester, CT, and is in her 7th year of serving that community. Her scope of work includes leading services, teaching in the Hebrew school, B’nei mitzvah training, adult education, and choral directing.
Anita is the immediate past president of the Women Cantors’ Network, and is a member of the Cantors Assembly.
Anita’s interest in choral singing began with glee club in third grade, and continued through high school and college. She sang in several choral groups as an adult, including Zemer Chai. She began composing for the liturgy as well as choral arranging early in her career. She studied choral composition with Alice Parker at Westminster Choir College, and also at Hartt School at the University of Hartford.
She produced her first CD, Dvora Udvash, in memory of her mother, Doris Schubert, in 2007. Anita lives in Manchester, CT with her husband, furniture designer and family cook Reuven Perry. For fun, she enjoys crocheting kippot (ritual head coverings), beading, and watching HGTV.