Arianne feels blessed every day to fulfill her life’s sacred calling of being a Cantor. She serves the dynamic community of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC, where she has a large musical, educational, and pastoral portfolio. In all her work, Arianne’s primary goal is to inspire others to love and connect to Judaism through prayer, education, and the beautiful music of our tradition.
Cantor Ari is an expert Torah and Megillah reader, pianist, composer and arranger, and theater director. She is a renowned specialist in Yiddish music, and has performed with the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater in productions of Di Kishifmakhern, Akeydes Yitzkhok, GolDene Kale, and On Second Avenue. Solo appearances include off-Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Warsaw’s Ida Kaminska Yiddish Theater, Dodger Stadium, National Cathedral, and the Krakow Jewish Music Festival. Arianne sang the national anthems for events featuring President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, and officiated at the national memorial for Shimon Peres. She has traveled nationally and internationally as a concert artist, and most enjoys collaborating with talented colleagues on meaningful musical productions.
Her unique congregational work includes the creation of a congregational Flash Choir, Crowd Source Composition Workshops, and leading an all-encompassing B’nai Mitzvah program for families. Her Tricks of the Trope teaching methods on YouTube have helped hundreds of thousands learn to chant Torah and Haftarah.
Arianne previously served at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. She graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers with a Bachelor of Voice/Music Education, and the Jewish Theological Seminary with a Master of Sacred Music and Master of Arts in Jewish Education. She is married to Rabbi Randy Brown and loves nothing more than spending time with their three young sons!