David Tauber, a resident of Brooklyn and the cantor at North Shore Synagogue, located at 83 Muttontown Road in Syosset, died Monday while visiting Israel with his wife, Heather.
"It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the untimely death of Cantor David Tauber," Rabbi David Whiman and Synagogue president Wayne Landau said in a statement released on the Synagogue's website. "We join in extending deepest sympathy to Cantor Tauber's family. May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing."
Cantor Tauber, a winner of both the H.L. Miller Cantorial Fellowship and the Richard Brisken Cantor in Residence Award, thrilled audiences with his warm baritone, exciting stage presence and unique phrasing. A resident artist with both the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York and the Amato Opera in Manhattan, Tauber has performed roles ranging from the Duke of Verona in Romeo and Juliet to Papageno in The Magic Flute.
A soloist with the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir, Tauber was asked to represent Israel at the Millennium Sacrum Festival in Valencia, Spain. Tauber has been heard as a soloist at Lincoln Center's Merkin Hall with the Rottenberg Choral. Tauber has also been heard in recital in Albany, Binghamton, Rochester, Manhattan and Long Island.
In September 2005, he was selected by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to sing Hatikvah for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the Palace Hotel in Manhattan. Upon hearing Tauber sing, James Tisch, CEO of Loews Corporation and former Chairman of the Conference of Presidents said, "Cantor Tauber's rendition of Hatikvah was as inspirational as when Israel won the gold in Athens." Most recently, in concert with Cantor Alberto Mizrahi at Shelter Rock Jewish Center, Tauber received a standing ovation and rave reviews. David Tauber has served the Sutton Place Synagogue, East Meadow Jewish Center and has directed the Workmen's Circle Chorus of New York.
Tauber has a Masters of Sacred Music and Diploma of Hazzan from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Funeral services for Cantor Tauber were held on Thursday, February 28 at North Shore Synagogue.