Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto

Cantor Charles Osborne


A native of Suffern, NY, Cantor Charles Osborne is internationally recognized as a singer, composer and conductor. He attended Hartt School of Music, studying there with Cantor Arthur Koret, and the Cantors Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. His original compositions include four oratorios, a symphony, concerti for flute, guitar, viola and harp, and more than 200 choral pieces.

Cantor Osborne has taught at Hartt College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Northeastern University, and the Hebrew College of Boston. He is the founder and director of Kol Rinah—Boston’s Jewish youth chorus—and a regular participant in the North American Jewish Choral Festival and the “Hazamir” National Jewish High School Choral Festival, with which he toured Israel as music director during the summers of 1996 and 1997. His piece “Samachti” is one of the most popular pieces of synagogue music in the world. The beauty of this setting inspired us to include this psalm in our Temple Sinai prayer book.

Cantor Osborne has one son Paul and three beautiful granddaughters.