Cary Schwartz was born in 1967 in New York City, and grew up in Queens, New York. His Jewish education began at the age of seven when his parents joined a local Reform Temple. Even at that early age, Cary felt a spark that would later light the way towards his life as a cantor.
Cary attended Polytechnic University on a full academic scholarship, where he majored in computer engineering. He later formed a computer consulting firm to serve such prestigious clients as New York Life and Standard & Poor’s. However, when he took on the responsibility as a cantorial soloist for his congregation, Cary began to feel his life guiding him in another direction. After much thought and deliberation, he decided to fulfill a lifelong dream. In 1990, Cary entered the Academy for Jewish Religion to pursue his dream as a Cantor.
Cary began his vocal career studying with renowned tenor David Romano, and continued his studies with Philip Steele, who helped in building the foundations for his vocal technique. He also studied Jewish music with many of the leading hazzanim in the world today, including master Cantor Sol Zim.
In addition to cantorial presentation, Cary has also been involved with community theater for many years. He has worked with the Sinai Players, where he appeared as Buddy in “Come Blow Your Horn” and as Billy Bigelow in “Carousel.” His performances with the Forest Hills Players include Stephen Kodaly in “She Loves Me,” Burt Healey in “Annie,” and a highly acclaimed performance as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.” He has also appeared as Frank Butler in the Marathon Little Theatre Group production of “Annie Get Your Gun.” The highlight of his career to date was his Lincoln Center debut as the tenor solo in Charles D. Osborne’s “Souls on Fire.” He followed up with his operatic debut as Tamino in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”
Cary served as Cantor for the Reform Temple of Forest Hills for over 20 years. He lives in Roslyn, New York with his wife and his two daughters.