Cantor Howard Stern has been with Temple Shalom since 2002. Born near Washington D.C., he was raised in New Orleans. He studied at the Midreshet Yerushalayim of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has B.A. in Music Theory, with voice as primary instrument, from the Eastman School of Music (1986); an M.A. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan (1989); and a Ph.D. in Composition and Theory from Brandeis University (2001). Cantor Stern has taught at Harvard University and at several Jewish schools.