Hazzan Daniel Gross was born in Boston and raised in St. Louis. He received his cantorial investiture from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2009 and soon after became the cantor of Adat Shalom Synagogue. He quickly established himself as a dynamic presence in the Synagogue, the Detroit Jewish community and in the American cantorate.
As a Shaliach Tzibbur (prayer leader), Hazzan Gross creates an atmosphere for Adat Shalom’s services that is engaging and participatory, melding traditional and contemporary congregational melodies, glimpses of hazzanut and original melodies. As an educator, Hazzan Gross is very active in the Adat Shalom Beth Achim Learning Community, leading the school in prayer and teaching our students Jewish prayer and music. He oversees the congregational B’nai Mitzvah program and provides adults of all ages educational opportunities throughout the year. Passionate about pastoral care, Hazzan Gross is a regular presence in our congregants’ lives through bikkur cholim visits. He is also instrumental in bringing quality concert programming to Adat Shalom.
Hazzan Gross received a B.A. in music and pre-medical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School where he was a member of the prestigious Juilliard Opera Center.
During his career as an opera singer, Hazzan Gross was in high demand for his powerful lyric baritone voice. He performed nationwide with premier orchestras, chamber music organizations, and opera companies. Hazzan Gross is an avid recitalist and has concertized in numerous settings throughout the country.
Hazzan Gross is an accomplished composer and has written numerous prayer, song and choral settings. His cantata, I Believe – A Shoah Requiem, had its world premiere at Detroit’s acclaimed Orchestra Hall in April 2013. I Believe is unique in that it is the first complete musical liturgy dedicated to Yom HaShoah.
Hazzan Gross is a passionate proponent of interfaith programming and is involved in numerous interfaith initiatives throughout the Detroit area, serving on the Executive Committee of the Coalition for Black and Jewish Unity. He is active in the Michigan Board of Cantors and serves on the Executive Council of the Cantors Assembly.