Ronald Broden has performed hundreds of weddings and B’nai Mitzvah (Bar/Bat Mitzvah) as well as all Jewish lifecycle ceremonies for almost 20 years. He earned a Master of Arts in Sacred Music and Investiture as a Cantor from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1990 followed later by ordination at Mesifta Adas Wolkowisk/The Rabbinical Academy of Woodmere New York. He has served Temple Avodah in Oceanside, NY, Temple Israel of Holliswood, NY and at Shaarei Shalom in Riverdale, NY. He has been a member of the New York Board of Rabbis and the American Conference of Cantors.
Ronald Broden is a graduate of Vassar College with a degree in Psychology and Music Theory. Very conversant in Spanish and Italian and with vast knowledge of Hebrew and Ladino, he is a cantor of great versatility who is equally at home in a wide range of musical styles. He has performed many leading roles with regional opera companies and in musical theater, has concertized throughout the United States and in Israel, and has appeared in Off-Broadway productions, as well as performing cabaret at leading New York nightclubs. Cantor Broden has given recitals and concerts at Weill Concert Hall, CAMI Hall, various synagogues, Jewish Community Centers, YM-YWHAs, and community organizations.
While a scholarship recipient from the Musicians Club of America and a fellowship recipient from the Aspen Music Festival, Ronald Broden is particularly fluent in the wide scope of Jewish music, from the sacred traditions to the folksong repertory. His guitar playing and his deep tenor voice enable him to soar through the majestic compositions of the Reform movement’s musical treasure trove, to the most contemporary spirited renditions of Shabbat evening and morning prayers.
Considered a Ladino music specialist, Cantor Broden has served as a Musical Director, arranged temple choral festivals, and has organized and directed professional, volunteer adult and children’s choirs. He has lectured on Jewish music and liturgy, directed Religious School music and B’nai Mitzvah programs, served as an Adult Education and Hebrew High School Instructor.