Bio for cdbaby , 10/20/10
During Sheldon Merel's outstanding career as cantor and concert artist he presented concerts at: Notre Dame University, San Francisco Opera House, Canadian Stratford Music Festival, San Diego State University and several symphony halls in San Diego. He won first place among lyric tenors in the Chicago Tribune Music contest and was a member of the San Francisco Opera Guild Talent Bank. General Director, Ian Campbell of San Diego Opera wrote, " Cantor Merel's voice is a wonderful example of male singing and cantorial artistry. He has attained a formidable level of vocal excellence. Toronto's Globe and Mail wrote , " Sheldon Merel was one of the most vocally nimble in the cantorial concert".
Sheldon Merel balances vocal styles of Eastern European virtuoso cantors with contemporary composers. His CD, CHANTS OF A LIFETIME FROM SYNAGOGUE TO OPERA brings 18 highlights of his amazing career all recorded live in concert with classic music from the synagogue and concert hall with a rich diversity of accompaniments: orchestra, choir, Jazz Quintet, organ and piano.