Arianne Brown is the senior Cantor of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington DC. A New Jersey native, she aspired to be a cantor since the age of eight. Arianne graduated from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music Education/Voice, and from the Jewish Theological Seminary with a Master of Sacred Music and Master of Arts in Jewish Education. Arianne was a Cantor at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles for 6 years.
Arianne feels incredibly blessed to be in a profession where she has the ability to positively affect the lives of people of all ages. Her primary goal in all that she does is to inspire our people to love and connect to Judaism through prayer, education, and the beautiful music of our tradition. She enjoys teaching students of all ages, working with her talented children’s choir, and participating in all aspects of synagogue life.
Theater roles include Lili in Carnival, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Hope in Anything Goes, Luisa in The Fantasticks, Zorah in Ruddigore. Opera credits include roles in Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, and Amelia Goes to the Ball. Ari has performed off Broadway in On Second Avenue, as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kodak Theater and the Disney Concert Hall, and sang the national anthem at Dodger Stadium, the Home Depot Center, the Staples Center, and at the 2015 Jewish Heritage month presidential address. Performances with the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater include Di Kishifmakhern, Akeydes Yitzkhok, Motke Ganev, and Mames Loshn Kugl. Arianne wrote, directed, and performed a show entitled The Enchanting Tale of the Yiddish Theater at the Ida Kaminska State Theater in Warsaw. She directed and performed in productions of Yours, Anne and From Death to Hope.
She was a featured performer at the Krakow Jewish Music Festival, and a faculty member of Klez Kanada. Movie credits include a role as a jazz singer in Reunited, and appearances in One Hundred Voices: A Journey Home. Arianne was featured in the Cantors Assembly’s The New Faces of the Cantorate. Ari was the author of an advice column entitled Tayere Khaznte (Dear Cantor) for the Forverts. Her trio, Ashira, released an album entitled Suddenly Spirited in 2008, featuring many original compositions. Arianne’s solo album is– Eternal Flame: A Yiddish Love Story, and on behalf of Adas Israel, she produced a children’s recording entitled Shabbat Sing!
Cantor Ari is married to Rabbi Randy Brown, and is the proud Ima of Yonah Zemer and Nathaniel Emet.