ACC NAMES A NEW DIRECTOR OF PLACEMENT
SCHAUMBURG, IL: The American Conference of Cantors (ACC) <www.accantors.org>, a non-profit
organization dedicated to the professional growth and development of cantors in the Reform
Movement, announces the addition of Cantor Kay Greenwald as the new Director of Placement. Kay
will take over the Placement Department of the ACC on August 1, 2012, following the retirement of
Cantor Barbara J. Ostfeld who has served in this capacity for the past 10 years.
Kay was raised in Claremont, California and attended Pomona College where she received a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Religion and Classical Studies. After graduating from Pomona, Kay attended the Eastman
School of Music in Rochester, New York and completed a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. Upon
receiving her Masters degree, Kay traveled to Vienna, Austria and became a member of the Opera
Studio of the Vienna Staatsoper. While a member of the Staatsoper Studio, Kay sang extensively
throughout Austria, performing such roles as Nicklaus in the “Tales of Hoffman” and Rosina in “Barber of
When Kay returned to the U.S. in 1986, she chose to combine her love of Judaism and Hebrew with her
love of music. In 1992, she was invested by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. After
graduation from HUC-JIR, Kay became the first woman to serve as clergy of Congregation Beth Am in Los
Altos Hills, CA. Kay served Beth Am with distinction as Chazan Sheini for five years and then as senior
cantor for the eight years following. Kay was named Cantor Emerita of Beth Am in 2006.
Kay served on the ACC Executive Board from 2004-2007, and served as president of the ACC from 2007-
2010. During 2010-2011, she was a member of the Special Nominating Committee of the Union for
Reform Judaism (URJ) that was tasked with finding the new President (Rabbi Rick Jacobs) of the URJ. Kay
continues to serve on the URJ Board of Trustees as well as on the National Strategy Team for the
Campaign for Youth Engagement.
Kay lives with her husband, Lee, in Mountain View, CA. Their son, Bill – a freshman science major at
UCLA – is a member of the UCLA Marching Band Drum Line.
About the American Conference of Cantors
Founded in 1953, the American Conference of Cantors is the pre-eminent professional organization of
Cantors in North America, currently representing over 450 cantors in North America and around the
world. As clergy committed to Judaism and Jewish Music, the membership of the ACC serves the diverse
needs of the Jewish people. As an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the ACC supports its
members in their sacred calling as emissaries for Judaism and for Jewish music, providing a unique and
dynamic vision of programs and initiatives that respond to the needs of the greater Reform community.
For more information, please visit the ACC’s website at www.accantors.org.