About the author
Cantor Deborah Katchko is a fourth-generation cantor and the second to serve a conservative pulpit. She is the founder of the Women Cantors' Network and a member of the Cantors Assembly and American Conference of Cantors, as well as the Pomegranate Guild for Judaic Needlework and the American Guild of Judaic Art. She has served Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester and Fairfield Counties since l999.
Her ten recordings include Passover Seder Songs, Hanukkah Songs of Light and Hope, Kindersongs, Jewish Soul, and A Musical Reunion. Her first cantorial songbook with female-friendly keys and guitar chords, Katchko - Three Generations of Cantorial Art, was published by Tara Publications and is used by cantorial students. It includes rare recordings of her father and grandfather with harmonies added in the studio a la Natalie Cole.
Her archives are included in the American Jewish Archives, as well as part of the permanent collection displayed at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Her papers, writings and memorabilia of her teacher and mentor Elie Wiesel of blessed memory are included in the Boston University Mugar Library Elie Wiesel Archive. her passion for needlework, meaningful fabric, ritual objects and music all connect to her love of Jewish history, family and culture. She is an amateur cellist with a local symphony and string quartet as well as a teacher of local cantorial and stitching students.
She is the proud mother of four sons, two step-sons, three daughters-in- law, and an ever-growing family that joyously increases with weddings and grandchildren. She is married to Dr. F. Scott Gray of CT Family Orthopedics. For links to her recordings, TV and radio programs, essays and published works please visit her website www.cantordebbie.com.