THE SINGER'S VOICE Cantor Stephen Chaiet
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Vocal Instructors with the NATS represent those voice teachers exhibiting the highest levels of training and expertise. The website link below will direct you to those teachers affiliated with the Toronto Ontario Great Lakes Chapter.  The Toronto contingent of NATS voice teachers represents one of the largest bodies of highly trained professionals assembled in Canada.


The National website for NATS dedicated to encouraging the highest standards of singing through excellence in teaching and the promotion of vocal education and research.


Foundation for Fighting Blindness


The FFFB /Foundation for Fighting Blindness is receiving your generous

donations towards finding the cure for Retinal disorders such as RP and AMD ... A Cure is in Sight! 

The Weblinks are right here:

Current Research Funding 2014 into 2015


Current 2016 Research Breakthroughs


New technology and clinical trials:

The latest drug & stem cell discoveries 2017 & 2018


Visual Condition Simulators - what it looks like :


The CNIB /Canadian National Institute for the Blind is Canada's leading organization for sight enhancement, rehabilitation/teaching, counselling & referral and supporting the visually challenged as the cures & therapies come. Please donate - cures are in Sight! The Weblink is right here:

National Association of Teachers of Singing NATS Toronto & Great Lakes Region VOICE CULTURE & REHABILITATION






The Human Voice is both socially, physically and even spiritually, one of our most special attributes. Your voice cannot be touched, tasted, smelled or seen. Yet throughout human history, it has been responsible for influencing the course of music, art, religion and politics. Whether spoken or sung aloud the result of hearing the voice in speech or song has inspired men and women to greatness in every human field of endeavor. Your own unique expression of vocal sound through vocal acculturation and rehabilitation is one of the goals of this website. This site is non-profit and educational in nature.

There are those of us who have always wanted to learn how to sing. Regardless of your singing style the first rule of thumb is : 'prima non nocere ' - firstly to do no harm. This website and its links will always promote this rule both through instruction and emphasis on vocal hygiene. During his active career this was always Cantor Stephen Chaiet's vocal philosophy both in performance and studio instruction. Any questions relating to these aspects of the vocal art may be conveyed via the guest page of this website . Responses will be for the purpose of dispensing valuable information concerning the Bel Canto teaching methods, holistic therapies, and the nutritional preservation of the vocal instrument. Website links are  provided toward this end on this site and will be modified as the need arises. Best wishes for success in your search for vocal health, fitness and fulfillment!                  



A Special Note of Sincere Gratitude                                 

Special thanks is due to the whole Agudath Israel Congregational Family for their compassion, understanding and special friendship. There isn't enough space on this site to individually name the many wonderful members who so graciously took the time to visit the Cantor and his family during those challenging days - all those who made such special efforts are truly cherished and appreciated more than they can ever imagine. Your correspondence via cards, email and telephone will always be warmly remembered. Our deepest gratitude to the congregations of Agudath Israel and Beth Shalom for their friendship and kindness. It was a privilege to have served in both congregational families and those special times both musical and personal will never be forgotten. To all of the Accompanists, musicians, singers and teachers of the Ottawa NATS  ... to the bar & bat mitzvah students, Choir directors, and voice students of the Ottawa Valley . May you all be richly blessed with good health, happiness, prosperity and peace this year and in the years to come - with affectionate best wishes for 2017 into 2018 / 5778 - The Chaiet Family      




Vocal Sites and Notes 





Singing for a Living                        Marta Woodhull                                                              


The VoiceTeacher with Maestro David Jones          




THE VOICE DOCTOR (pre/post operative orientation site)


NATS Professor Richard Miller (especially for our NATS Students)


NATS Official Website National Association of Teachers of Singing of America NATS America


Lisa Popeil Voiceworks


Anthony Frisell /Antonio Frisella                         






NATS Toronto Ontario Chapter


 Cantor Stephen Chaiet - Singer & Voice Teacher

'...his flexibility and range are positively astonishing'  The Ottawa Citizen

'...the art of Cantorial singing is alive and well'  The Canadian Jewish News

Cantor Stephen Chaiet has been an acclaimed lyric tenor, liturgical singer, synagogue cantor, and operatic - classical singer for over twenty years. His performances at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery Concert Hall of Canada, the National Arts Centre, Nepean's Centrepointe Theatre, on CBC Arts Radio hosted by Shelly Solmes and on CJOH television's Regional Contact were enthusiastically received and were firsts for a synagogue Cantor in Ottawa, Canada. An acclaimed concert singer, recitalist, voice teacher and adjudicator for the National Association of Teachers of Singing NATS for the last 15 years in Ottawa Ontario CANADA and in Toronto Ontario CANADA, he specialized in voice restoration, vocal rehabilitation, classical and modern singing instruction and liturgical/ cantorial coaching.(SEE THE NATS LINK BELOW) He was also a much sought-after speaker and writer on these subjects, all the while maintaining a busy synagogue career as a Cantor (precentor) and 'Chazzan' (liturgical-vocalist clergyman). His voice students comprise performers from a variety of musical genres - cantors and cantorial soloists  (with CDs produced), popular blues singers (Maples Blues Award Winners performing on stages worldwide), operatic and concert-oratorio performers, popular swing and hip-hop artists, jazz and reggae musicians as well as many ethnic-language singers.

In conjunction with prominent otolaryngologists  he had great success in preserving the voices of both popular classical and modern singers.(SEE LINK BELOW ON VOICE DISORDERS) Singers possessing a vocal tremelo (wobble), poor pitch-intonation or singers displaying nasality, unconventional tonal concepts, dysphonia, stuttering, or pre- and post- operative surgical nodules would mutually seek him out for voice therapy. He also specialized in restorative nutrition for singers, dancers and actors utilizing the latest herbal, holistic and homeopathic protocols. In addition to successfully auditioning for the Canadian Opera Company and the Opera Company of Hamilton, he also had a distinguished career firstly as the associate cantor for the Beth Sholom Synagogue in Toronto, Canada (1983-1989), and as later as the senior synagogue Cantor of the Beth Shalom Synagogue (1989-1996) and of Agudath Israel Congregation (1996-2003), both situated in Ottawa Ontario - the National Capital of Canada. Cantor Chaiet has worked with some of the finest choirs in Canada, concertizing with the Canadian Centennial Choir under the baton of James Caswell, with the Statistics Canada Choir in solos and duets for Agudath Israel's Concert Adult Education Programme , and with numerous synagogue choral ensembles nationwide. The newly established Musica Hebraica Choir of Ottawa, under the baton of David Malecki (now a student cantor at Temple Beth-El, South Beach Indiana) was created under the influence of Cantor Chaiet's love of performing Hebrew and Cantorial music with ANY choir willing to perform in those musical genres.  Cantor Chaiet is the only cantor in Canada to have performed with the Congregation Beth Shalom Choir at the National Arts Centre for two performances with conductor Franz Paul Decker to wonderful reviews in the national media and with the CJN (Canadian Jewish News). 

He was accepted as an honoured member and alumnus of the NATS National Association of Teachers of Singing (Montreal Chapitre Quebec, Ottawa Chapter, Toronto Ontario Great Lakes Chapter), the National Music Council of America, the CCA Cantorial Council of America and the JMAA Jewish Ministers Association of America. He received his Cantorial Semicha and Diploma, approved by the Toronto Cantorial Council, from the world famous Cantor David Bagley z'l after lengthy study, and a Cantorial designate diploma from the Cantorial Council of America CCA Belz Institute New York. After studying the Bel Canto style with Cantor Louis Danto z'l  he continued his classical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with Madames Irene MacLellan and Fanny Levitan along with vocal coach and accompanist Bram Goldhamer. He also holds certificates from the National Association of Teachers of Singing of America NATS in Vocal Pedagogy and Rehabilitation using the techniques of Professors Richard Miller and Antonio Frisella of the Metropolitan Opera Co.

 He has also acted as an Adjudicator for the NATS annual vocal competitions held annually throughout Canada and the United States. In the area of Technical Designation and Direction for the acclaimed production of Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice in Aushwitz' he acted as themusical/cultural consultant for the production which was later performed worldwide .

Cantor Chaiet has been a contributor of articles for the Cantorial Council of America's 'Sefer Ha'arbaim - 40th Year Commemmorative Book', writing extensively on Voice Rehabilitation, Hygiene & Nutritional Protocols for Vocalists. He has been an advisor to Canadian Musical Heritage Society in the area of Jewish Synagogue Music, especially in the production of the Sacred Choral Music Volume III available to  doctoral students of music globally.


                             The  Very Challenging  Future

Since having been affected by RP - Retinitis Pigmentosa, a presently incurable progressive form of blindness, Cantor Chaiet is now currently registered with the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) and the FFB (Foundation Fighting Blindness). While awaiting FDA approval for new clinical trials for genetic and stem cell therapies, Cantor Chaiet eagerly anticipates the availability of these clinical trials which will usher in a new era of visual restoration for himself and untold thousands with degenerative retinal disorders like RP , AMD (Macular Degeneration) and other associated dystrophies of the retina.

Cantor Stephen Chaiet is happily married with two wonderful young sons. He remains confident, hopeful and undaunted, having supportive family, many friends and admirers, students and fellow musicians ... in anticipation of hearing him perform with renewed vision in the future. We are very encouraged by this website -which is a testimonial to his past truly multi-faceted career, his great present challenges and future faith-filled aspirations.  We hope it will enrich your own personal quest for vocal excellence as it is updated with medical and 'musical' breakthroughs.