Canadian-born Hazzan David Propis learned the cantorial art at the feet of his father, the late Hazzan Dov Propis, and studied voice with Metropolitan Opera diva, Elena Nikolaidi. While serving for the past 19 years at Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston, Texas, he has built an international concert career. Blending popular and cantorial music seamlessly, he has shared the stage with numerous luminaries including Dave Brubeck, Julie Budd, Jackie Mason and Yaakov Smirnoff, appearing frequently in the major halls of the U.S., Europe and Israel. Hazzan Propis continuously entertains for major Jewish and non-Jewish organizations as well as being in constant demand by his beloved Houston Astros and Rockets for his powerful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. New York Times columnist Allan Kozin called his performance at Carnegie Hall “stunning …ebullient.”
Hazzan Propis produces numerous faith-based recordings, including all 11 of The Spirit Series CDs for the Cantors Assembly and United Synagogue. They have been distributed to millions of homes throughout North America, which have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for these organizations. He also is the founder, creative director, and managing partner of The 3 Jewish Tenors, a symphonic musical event. This concert event, along with several others, including Kindred Spirits of Los Angeles, have raised millions of dollars for synagogues, Jewish Federations and Jewish organizations, such as Jewish Family and Career Services throughout the United States.
Hazzan Propis has himself recorded more than a dozen albums. His latest, Together as One, a duet CD with Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, joins Visions of Shabbat and Visions in Prayer, both composed and arranged by Cantor Meir Finkelstein, as well as The 3 Jewish Tenors – LIVE!, and his Yiddish CD Inspirations – Memories of Home. Among his many honors, Hazzan Propis is a past president of the Cantors Assembly, the largest body of cantors in the world, co-chaired both Poland and Germany Cantors Assembly missions, was named to the task force to restructure the cantorial school at JTS, received the Hiddur Mitzvah Award from Masorti Olami, the Hazzan Moses Silverman Service Award from the Cantors Assembly, and received an honorary Doctorate from JTS. Hazzan Propis and his wife, Karen Siegel Propis, have two beautiful children, Dena and Sam.
See Hazzan Propis in action:
- Munich Herkulessaal 24, Sim Shalom (Janowski) [youtube]
- Shema Yisroel [youtube]
- Giving the invocations and singing Anthem @ AIPAC DC 2013 [youtube]
- More videos [youtube]
To learn more about Hazzan Propis, or to purchase copies of his CDs, go to his website, www.davidpropis.com. To contact Hazzan Propis, click here or call 248.357.5544. Find him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.