Artistic Director ... Israeli born Benjamin Maissner is the Cantor and Director of Music at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. He is the Director and founder of Lachan Jewish Chamber Choir. Benjamin Maissner enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, conductor, educator and producer. Cantor Maissner holds a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree from the Hebrew Union College of Sacred Music, a Master of Music Degree from Temple University, and honourary doctoral degrees from Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is renowned for his knowledge of both secular and liturgical music including a variety of musical styles from Jewish Renaissance and early Hebrew Art Music to contemporary Canadian, American and Israeli compositions.
Forging his many talents with his dynamic presence on the podium, he transforms the way people hear and appreciate Jewish music, embracing his energy and conviction and demonstrating the vital role that music and education play in all our lives. A versatile performer himself, Cantor Maissner has been a featured soloist in such theatres as the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, and New York's Carnegie Hall.
He has also served as musical consultant for documentaries such as To Mend the World and The Man Who Hid Anne Frank by the award-winning Canadian filmmaker Harry Rasky. He participated in the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht in Germany, a celebration of Jewish survival in Bulgaria and extensive performances with choirs and symphonies throughout Israel. In 2009 he participated in the Cantors Assembly Mission to Poland and Israel.
Cantor Maissner has served on both executive boards of the Cantors Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors. He has served as Chairman of the American Conference of Cantors certification program. He teaches vocal and cantorial skills. Cantor Maissner has produced a series of CDs entitled the Musical Legacy of Holy Blossom Temple, celebrating the musical traditions of Toronto's first synagogue, where he has been a Musical Director for over three decades. His latest vocal symphonic CD Simchat Hayoveil - A Jubilee Celebration was produced in honour of the 150th Anniversary celebration of Holy Blossom Temple.