Shomeir Shirah Award

The Guild of Temple Musicians is honored to present the 2013 Shomeir Shirah Award to Kathy Storfer.

Kathy Storfer

2013 Shomeir Shirah Award Winner
Kathy Storfer

For 15 years, Kathy was the Musical Director for her home temple of the Jewish Family Congregation in South Salem, NY.  Currently, she is the conductor for Kolot Sinai, the adult choir for Temple Sinai in Stamford, CT and also works as a co-coordinator for Ruach, their 15 piece vocal and instrumental band.   She often serves as a teacher and Cantorial Soloist and has been most involved in interfaith relations.  A convert to Judaism, she has helped create and run programs for several interfaith groups in the NY Westchester area.

For her “day job,” Kathy works as a librarian at the Bedford Hills Free Library in NY where she is the Program Director.  As a storyteller, she performs at numerous venues throughout the area and enjoys sharing stories of all kinds with people of all ages.

Before her current occupations, Kathy worked for nearly 20 years as a publicist and freelance writer working for entertainment and arts organizations.  She was happy to bring these skills to the assistance of the Guild during her 4-year tenure as a Board Member.

It is Kathy’s good fortune to be married to Paul Storfer and they are the proud parents of Jonathan and Daniel, both of whom are currently attending college.


The Shomeir Shirah Award is presented to an individual whose contributions have greatly enhanced the goals and missions of the Guild of Temple Musicians and the world of sacred Jewish music at large.

Established in 1990, past recipients include Ben Steinberg (1990), Myrna Braverman (1991), Carole Mayon, John Planer, Burton Zipser (2007), Velvel Pasternak (2008), Cantor Richard Cohn (2009), Bruce Shewitz (2010),  Cantor Alane Katzew (2011), Michael Bamberger (2012), and our current recipient Kathy Storfer (2013).