Cantor Katie Oringel grew up in Houston, TX and Plantation, FL and graduated cum laude from Florida State University with a double degree in Music and Religion. As a university student, Katie served as student cantor at Temple Israel in Tallahassee, FL. During her time at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, Katie served as cantorial intern at Reform Temple of Suffern-Shir Shalom in Suffern, NY, Temple Kol Ami in White Plains, NY, and Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City.
Katie’s first year of cantorial school was spent in Israel learning the sounds and rhythms of the Jewish year. She celebrated Pesach with communities in Russia, leading sederim with communities who otherwise did not have liberal clergy. With a desire to experience world Jewry further, Katie worked for the Union of Progressive Judaism during the summer of 2007. She visited Jewish communities in Australia and New Zealand conducting services, classes, shabbaton, and concerts. Katie was the first to hold this position. Since her visit, congregations she visited have sought to have cantorial presences until such a time as full-time cantors become normative in that region.
Katie has performed with the Zamir Choral Foundation for three years as choir member and soloist at Carnegie Hall, The Jerusalem Theatre, Merkin Hall, and The North American Jewish Choral Festival.
During a semester abroad in London while in university, Katie took an art history course that acted as the impetus for her master’s thesis, “A Polyphonic Canvas: Jewish Music and the Art of Marc Chagall”. Her senior recital by the same name was a multimedia presentation of art and music.