Beth Shalom of Whittier
Progressive Conservative Judaism
Hazzan Lance H. Tapper was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He received his early music, Jewish, and secular training in the San Fernando Valley. He is a graduate of UCLA with degrees and advanced coursework in History, Art, Music, and Education. He studied the Cantorial art with Hazzan Carl Urstein z”l of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, and Hazzan Nathan Lam of Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles. He studied voice with Dan Balestrero formerly of the San Francisco Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera companies. Prior to coming to Congregation Beth Shalom in Whittier, Hazzan Tapper has served congregations in Fresno, San Jacinto, Bermuda Dunes, Downey, Simi Valley, Tarzana, and Tujunga, CA, in some cases both as Hazzan and Spiritual Leader. Hazzan Tapper was elected to membership in the Cantors Assembly in 1987 and has served many posts within the organization on a regional level including regional Secretary, Vice-Chair, Chair, and Executive Vice-Chair. He has also served on the national Executive Council and currently serves on the Membership committee of this body. He is also the current co-chair of the Convention Management committee. Hazzan Tapper has performed in and produced several major programs and concerts over the last few years for his congregations, the Cantors Assembly, and the Orange County Jewish Federation. He has been invited over time to lecture on Jewish Musicology for Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA and Pasadena Jewish Temple in Pasadena, CA among others. He is well known for his ability to teach Judaism and history through music.
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