Cantor 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, Cantor Megdal 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, Cantor Megdal has been one of two B’nai Mitzvah teachers at Kehillat Israel (KI) 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.
In her last two years of Cantorial School, Cantor Megdal interned at Temple Akiba in Culver City and Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino. She was ordained as a Cantor on May 27, 2019. For now, she is continuing to teach and sing at KI, VBS, and Temple Akiba. She is also eager to visit and sing at as many congregations as she can during this “transition” year.
While she fully supports keeping traditional Jewish worship elements alive, such as nuscah and older pieces of hazzanut, one of Cantor Megdal’s passions is composing new melodies for Jewish liturgy and Jewish concepts. She released her first album of original Jewish music, entitled Shine Forth, in May 2016. She is ready to record another album when the time is right. You can find her album here.
To listen to some of her in-progress, non-professionally recorded original songs, visit Soundcloud page here.
To view Cantor Megdal’s most recent work and to get an idea of her musical styles, go to the Videos page.