Bryce Emily Megdal was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She attended a Jewish day school from first through eighth grade, where she developed a lifelong love for Judaism and the Hebrew language. She began her singing journey in fourth grade, when she joined the Tucson Jewish Youth Choir in its first year. From then on, Jewish music was an essential part of her life.
After she had her Bat Mitzvah, through high school, and through college, Megdal remained involved at her temple (Temple Emanu-El) with a growing list of roles, including B’nai Mitzvah and Hebrew tutor, Learning Lab Director, teen and adult choir member, Shabbat band lead female vocalist, and cantorial soloist. At the University of Arizona, Megdal double majored in Judaic Studies and Studio Art. She was involved at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation, particularly by occasionally leading the monthly Reform Shabbat service. She studied abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during the spring semester of her junior year. In June of 2011, she received her first guitar as a birthday gift from her parents. After teaching herself the basic chords, the guitar provided her with endless opportunities to compose.
Megdal currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. In May 2015, she received a Master’s Degree
in Jewish Studies with an Emphasis in Music in Jewish Life from the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJRCA). She is enrolled in its Cantorial Program and will be ordained in May 2019. Outside of academia, she is one of two B’nai Mitzvah teachers and is the director of the Teen Choir at Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Synagogue of the Pacific Palisades. She is also the Cantorial Intern at Temple Akiba in Culver City and the Cantorial Soloist at Hollywood Temple Beth El. She is connected to other synagogues as well.
Megdal’s debut album, Shine Forth, was released in May 2016. It is a compilation of 13 original melodies to Jewish liturgy and Jewishly inspired concepts. It is an accumulation of what Megdal has observed, absorbed, internalized, and created as a Jew, composer, and music lover. With that said, Shine Forth is not limited to those within the Jewish faith and has the capacity to provide joy and comfort to any individual. Megdal continuously composes melodies; hence, she plans on recording and producing another album in the future. Please refer to her Audio Uploads and Video Recordings to see what Bryce has been up to lately.