Cantor Don Bennett, a native Floridian, son of Val and Shelia Bennett, grew up in Miami. His interest in singing began when he was a small child. By the age of 14 he was singing professionally from South Beach to Ft. Lauderdale. Cantor Don received a scholarship to attend the University of Miami School of Music and while there he was known as the youngest soloist to sing with the Symphony Orchestra. After Graduation, Cantor Don began teaching Voice at his Alma Mater. Don continued his studies with Dr. Daniel Harris and Cantor Israel Burstyn, all the while being inspired by Cantor Jacob Bornstein z”l, from WTMI-Classical 931 Fm.
Cantor Don Bennett toured for three years with the National Opera Company singing leading roles in “The Barber of Seville”, “MARTHA” “CARMEN”, “El Capitan” and “Marriage of Figaro”. As Don returned to Miami he began teaching Opera and Musical Theater at Miami-Dade College. In 1980, he took his first position on the Bima at Temple Beth AM with Rabbi Herbert Baumgard. At the end of his 9 year tenure at Temple Beth Am, Don took a position as Cantorial Soloist at the temple Israel and also began singing at WTMI, same radio station as his mentor and inspiration, Cantor Jacob Bornstein z”l. Cantor Don continued his career at Temple Emanu-El of Ft. Lauderdale as Director of Education and then as Cantor of Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom where he was also an integral part of the Synagogue’s Religious School. In addition to Don’s experience teaching college, he taught at Miami Springs High School and Miami Springs Middle School where, for twenty-three-years was the Director of Band, Chorus and Guitar Ensemble.
Don has been serving the Jewish community of South Florida for 30 year with his musical talents and as an educator and Cantor.