Laurie Akers serves as Erev Hazzan at Congregation Or Shalom in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Previously, she held a two year position as the cantorial soloist at Temple Sholom of Chicago. A University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Musical Theatre, Laurie spent a decade performing in Broadway and regional productions and a year traveling the world as Miss USO. Additionally, she created the musical programming for NYC’s Young Adult Institute, an organization for people with special needs.
Laurie is currently a cantorial student in the ALEPH program. She serves as the VP of Education and Convention for the Guild of Temple Musicians and serves as a concert soloist at venues around the country. Laurie is currently recording her first EP.