Cantor Ilysia Pierce
After pursuing a career in the theater since childhood, Ilysia says it was “beshert," meant to be, when Rabbi David Baron heard her sing. It was after that meeting that Ilysia redirected her life and began her journey as Cantor of Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills. She has led Shabbat and High Holy Day services since 1999. In 2003, Rabbi Baron and the Temple produced a CD, "Enlighten," which elicited immensely favorable audience and critical review. Ilysia’s stirring rendition of “We Came to Sing in Jerusalem” was featured on the Keeping the Faith, Voices for Israel 2 CD benefiting survivors of terrorism in Israel (http://www.voicesforisrael.org/faith/). Her vocal talents were also featured in the title song, “Keeping the Faith.” On Saturday evening, June 14 at 8 pm, Cantor Pierce will be part of Kindred Spirits. Benefitting Save a Child's Heart, Kindred Spirits features Dr. Noreen Green and the L.A. Jewish Sumphony, along with renowned tenor Ilan Davidson, the Agape International Choir, Bea Miller, Freda Payne, and our own Ilysia Pierce. Please check out the video link below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guX1HTZjYqU Ilysia began studying acting, voice and dance at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute for the Performing Arts and received her BA in Theatre Arts at California State University, Northridge.
WINNER of the 2012 VISIONARY AWARD IN MUSIC by THE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL IN FILM & TV SHOWCASE, Composer Sharon Farber, originally from Israel, has received critical acclaim as a composer in the Concert world as well as that of Film and TV. She brings to her music influences from her Middle Eastern heritage as well as her extensive knowledge of Classical and Western music. Sharon began her musical career at the age of seven, as a classical pianist. After graduating from Thelma -Yelin High School for the Arts, she served in the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) and later worked as a theater composer and musical director in Israel. She won the first prize in Colors in Dance in 1992 for her music for choreography. In 1994, she moved to Boston upon receiving a scholarship from Berklee College Of Music. During her studies, she won the first prize in the yearly Professional Writing Division Concert with her first string quartet. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1997 (majoring in both Classical Composition and Film Scoring) she moved to Los Angeles to begin her professional career. Miss Farber was the recipient of the prestigious Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship in Film Scoring, as well as the Mentorship program of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, on which she served as a board member for ten years.
As Director of Administration, Kasey Carter oversees daily operations of the congregation, provides management and support to staff in the areas of Membership, property management, and maintenance of our building. Kasey has been part of our team since 2009, making this her seventh High Holy Days at Temple of the Arts. Originally from Texas, with a bachelors degree in Speech Communications with a minor in Social Work, Kasey also completed an internship at CBS while in college. Prior to her work at BHTOTA, she worked primarily in commercial real estate property management and real estate financing.
Amy Carras was born and raised in California before moving to New York to star and tour on Broadway in an award-winning production of the musical Ragtime. After spending a month in Israel, Amy decided to seek a career in Judaism. Passionate about her religion, Amy looks forward to working alongside our temple members to assist them in making all of their life cycle events special and memorable. Please stop by and introduce yourself to our newest staff member, Amy Carras.