The Clergy Boys are a combination of Broadway Show and Cantorial concert mixed into one. The eclectic talents of these four Cantors blend to make for a joyful and inspiring evening of music and story. Cantors Randy Herman, David Propis, Mike Stein and Steven Stoehr take you, in song and story, from the camps of Eastern Europe to the stages of Vaudeville and Broadway to the flight deck of a Naval Destroyer. From the Pacific Ocean to the Hudson River, the Clergy Boys have reached the hearts of audiences and brought the packed houses to their feet time after time. The Clergy Boys are original, diverse and energetic and can promise a night that will leave the audience thoroughly delighted.
Hazzan Randy Herman descended from performing vaudevillian grandparents on one side and Eastern European orthodox Jews on the other. Randy seemed destined to integrate the worlds of music and Judaism. After majoring in psychology and theater at the University of Michigan, he worked as a musician in Paris before settling in Chicago, where he cofounded an experimental theater troupe. As a pianist and singer, Herman has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad, and worked extensively as a studio musician. His own music has been heard on college and commercial radio and reviewed in major publications. He is featured on several USCJ Spirit Series CD’s. Hazzan Herman studied at the Conservative Yeshiva and sang in the Great Synagogue choir in Jerusalem, and attended JTSA in NY. He has led services at the Chor Shul in Vilnius and the Great Synagogue of Stockholm, and performed cantorial duties in several cities. Cantor Herman serves Chizuk Amuno & Schools in Baltimore.
Hazzan David Propis was born in Vancouver B.C. Canada, and raised in Philadelphia. He learned the cantorial art from his father, Hazzan Dov Propis (Z”L), and studied voice with the famed Metropolitan Opera diva, Elena Nikolaidi. He has also built an international concert career sharing the stage with numerous luminaries including Marvin Hamlisch and Dave Brubeck to name a few. David has sung for several U.S. presidents and continuously entertains for major Jewish organizations. David not only produced 13 CDs in “The Spirit Series” for the Cantors Assembly and United Synagogue, but has himself recorded over a dozen albums. His latest, “Power of Forgiveness” has already gone viral on digital downloads. It joins “Together As One,” a duet CD with Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, as well as “The 3 Jewish Tenors” and the Yiddish favorite “Inspirations – Memories of Home.” Among his many honors David has received from JTS an honorary Doctorate of Music and served as the International President of the Cantors Assembly. Since 1983 David served prestigious Conservative congregations and is currently Senior Cantor for Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Michigan. He and his bride of 32 years, Karen Siegel, are most proud of their 2 loving children Dena (Sean) and Sam (Elyse).
Hazzan Mike Stein’s career spans from being in the original cast of JC Superstar and two other shows on Broadway, to playing fiddle for four presidents in the United States Navy Band, to being nominated for a Grammy award and a Grammy winner on (“cELLAbration” with Pete Seeger and Sweet Honey in the Rock) to his latest accomplishment, being on Season 7 of the Voice. He is a sought after violinist, having appeared on the Grand Ol’ Opry and the Nashville Now show many times. He has won four WAMMY awards (Washington DC area music awards), a Parents Choice Award and a National Library Association award for children’s music. He has played/recorded fiddle for artists Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eva Cassidy, Tom Paxton and Jonathan Edwards. He is the composer of a patriotic song “We Are With You,” that is part of the Greatest American Songbook (Hal Leonard). Mike travels the world to educate and engage with the Jewish Communities often less served, such as Uganda, Poland and other exotic places. He is currently the cantor at Temple Aliyah in Los Angeles.
Hazzan Steven Stoehr graduated of the University of Pittsburgh and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. In 1988 Steven began his career, at his first and only pulpit, Congregation Beth Shalom, in Northbrook, Illinois. For his professional organization, The Cantors Assembly, Steven has served as International President and chaired multiple international conventions. In 2019 Steve traveled on a CA mission to Uganda to visit and study with the Abayudaya community. He is currently the President of the Cantors Assembly Foundation, a body comprised of all the past presidents of the CA. In 2010 he received the Samuel Rosenbaum Award for scholarship and creativity and in 2015 the Moses Silverman Award for Service to the Assembly. In 2002 his alma mater, JTSA, granted him the Hazzan David Putterman Award for excellence in his career and in 2008 awarded a Doctorate in Music, Honorius Causa. Steve has authored an original drama, The Lost Supper, about the friendship of Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel, additionally having created The Clergy Boys, a multimedia Concert/Show, which toured the U.S. Steven has authored three books as well. Steven and his wife Susan are uniquely proud of their children Jacob (Ilana), Talia and Alana and their first grandchild Liv Hazel.