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.
After she had her Bat Mitzvah, through high school, and through college, Bryce remained involved at her temple 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. She double majored in Judaic Studies and Studio Art at the University of Arizona. A year later, she moved to Los Angeles to attend the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJRCA).
Since September 2013, Bryce has been one of two B’nai Mitzvah teachers at Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Synagogue of the Pacific Palisades. In May 2015, she received a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies with an Emphasis in Music in Jewish Life from ARJCA, and in August 2015, she transferred into the Cantorial Program. Bryce is in her final year at AJRCA and will be ordained as a Cantor in May 2019.
Bryce has most recently been involved with several synagogues. She concluded a year-long Cantorial Internship at Temple Akiba in June 2018, the same month she became the summer camp songleader at Camp Wise, located at Stephen Wise Temple. She also taught B’nai Mitzvah prayer classes over the summer at Temple Judea. For the 2018-2019 school year, Bryce is Valley Beth Shalom’s Cantorial Intern, and for the the High Holy Days, she is the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Beth Torah in Ventura.
One of Bryce’s passions is writing Jewish music. She released her first album of original Jewish music, entitled Shine Forth, in May 2016. She is eager to record another album when the time is right. Please feel free to watch and listen to her most popular and loved melody, Yi’hyu L’Ratzon, on her Videos page (it’s the third video down). She promises it will be on her next album!