Biography

Cantor Lauren Bandman is founder, owner and instructor at The Studio: Private Music Lessons, LLC in the historic German Village neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, where she teaches voice, piano, audition preparation (specializing in musical theatre), music theory and music reading. She delights in teaching students ages 7 to 70!

Cantor Bandman received her Bachelor of Music Education with high honors, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University, and her Master of Sacred Music and Cantorial Ordination from the School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. Through an internship at Mount Sinai Hospital through a program of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in New York City and a year-long chaplaincy residency with OhioHealth in 2016-2017, Cantor Bandman has earned four units of Clinical Pastoral Education and the designation of Spiritual Care Provider through the Association of Professional Chaplains.                       

From 2006 to 2015, Cantor Bandman served as senior cantor of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California.  Since 2015, she continues to serve Temple Sholom of Springfield, Ohio on Shabbat, as well as Temple Har Shalom in Park City, Utah for the High Holy Day Season.

Cantor Lauren Bandman is co-creator and performer of Love's Journey, a one-woman show of musical theatre and American standards that tells of a woman's journey through life and love. In addition to several synagogue musical compilations, including 2014's A Sanctuary in Time: Erev Shabbat at Congregation Beth Am, Cantor Bandman can also be heard on A Collection of Soulful Jewish Melodies: Nigun Anthology -- Volume I (Transcontinental Music Publications), as well as a cameo appearance on Shifreles Portret: A Yiddish Art Song Project.

Since 2015, Cantor Lauren Bandman has been a proud member of the Executive Board of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), and serves as Chair of the ACC Ethics Committee. She has been a member of the Commission on Worship, Music and Religious Living since 2010.  In 2014 Cantor Bandman co-chaired the ACC-GTM Convention in Israel, and was named ACC Volunteer of the Month in February, 2015. 

In November 2010, Cantor Bandman was honored to be selected as one of twenty cantors to travel to Rome to perform the first-ever concert of Jewish music at the Vatican - the highlight of a conference on Jewish-Catholic relations. She and her colleagues reprised a large portion of this concert at the 2011 URJ National Biennial in Washington D.C.  Cantor Bandman has also performed at the Makor/Steinhardt Center in New York City.

Cantor Lauren Bandman lives in Columbus, Ohio where pursues her passions as Cantor, Cantor-In-Residence, chaplain, private voice and piano teacher, performer and audition coach.