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Sandra Robbins

Sandra Robbins graduated from Manhattan School of Music as a violist with a Bachelor of Music degree in performance. She currently freelances in New York City and is a member of the American Composers Orchestra and the Westchester Philharmonic. She has recorded for Newport Classics, Elan, New World Records and Artek Recordings.

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Betty Robbins

Betty Robbins is often heralded as the first female cantor – in fact, that honor goes to Julie Rosewald. However, Robbins was the first woman to be officially designated as cantor. The Board of Trustees at Temple Avodah in Oceanside, New York unanimously appointed Robbins as their cantor in 1955.

Lillian Fuchs

Born to a musical family, Lillian Fuchs was a talented pianist, violinist, violist, and composer who toured the United States and Europe. Fuchs was the inspiration for some of the greatest composers of the twentieth century and was a popular teacher at the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and Mannes College of Music.

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