Cantor Amy Robinson Katz began piano lessons at age five and continued through college where she studied under Lina Baranov, graduating magna cum laude from Biola University with a degree in Philosophy, and minors in Music and Biblical Studies. After college, she had a sixteen year career in construction, working for Lennar and Pardee Homes, then managing capital expenditure projects for the Irvine Company. During that time, she studied Construction Management at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC.
Amy serves as the Cantor and Ba’alat Tefillah of Congregation B’nai Israel in Tustin, California. She is the creator of Prayersong contemplative singing and HAL’LU, a musical Shabbat morning service that is “traditional like you’ve never heard before.” Amy has served as the High Holiday Cantor at Temple Israel of Sharon, MA for the past eight years, leads tefillah at Tarbut v’Torah Upper School, worked as Rosh Performing Arts at Camp Ramah Ojai, regularly leads Shabbatonim at American Jewish University, and authors a blog titled “A Guide for the Prayerplexed.” Amy is an accomplished composer and arranger and has produced three albums of music, one of them recorded live on campus at AJRCA . She is mom to two little boys.
Cantor Amy continues creating music and video projects and serving as Hazzan and musician-in-residence for various Southern California communities.