Hazzan Nancy Abramson serves as director of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the director of the Women’s League Seminar Synagogue at JTS. She trains future hazzanim in prayer, nusah and religious leadership, and oversees the School’s curriculum development in Jewish education and teaching, pastoral care, and modern Israel. Hazzan Abramson is helping JTS shape cantorial arts and practices for the 21st century. She received undergraduate degrees from the joint program of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, earned a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College and received her cantorial training at JTS.
Hazzan Abramson is a past president of the Cantors Assembly, and was the first female president in the Assembly’s history. She serves on the board of the Zamir Choral Foundation and is a member of the Women Cantors Network. Hazzan Abramson has performed at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, and with the Selah Vocal Ensemble, and the Rinat Choir in Israel. Before coming to JTS she served as cantor at the Park Avenue Synagogue and West End Synagogue in Manhattan and Congregation Sons of Israel in Westchester. She has taught at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York and directed the music program at Ramah camps in Wisconsin and New England. She has been a cantor/scholar-in-residence in communities throughout the United States.
Hazzan Abramson was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is married to Mitch Glenn; they have three children and one grandson.