Michelle Auslander Cohen, soprano, is a native of Skokie, Illinois. She spent the majority of her childhood in a Jewish Day School, surrounded by her cousin and mother who were the premiere Jewish Music Educators in the Chicagoland area, and remain so to this day.
Michelle spent fourteen years becoming proficient in piano, and by the beginning of high school, began to devote herself to the art of singing. She then pursued an operatic career, and attended prestigious vocal programs such as the Peabody Conservatory, Indiana University, the Sarasota and Cincinnati Young Artist Programs. Michelle earned many esteemed awards including the position of Fellowship Artist to the Brevard Music Center, and an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera Association.
In 2003, while singing for the high holidays in South Florida, she met Yaniv, who would become her husband, and made the move to Boca Raton. Since then, Michelle shifted the focus of her career, and has successfully worked as a Cantorial Soloist throughout South Florida. She also continues to perform concerts throughout the United States, and to teach voice as an adjunct professor at Florida International University and a private voice studio in Boca Raton.
In 2007, Michelle delved into the world of composing, and produced and performed on her first CD, entitled "The Music in Me", also featuring Cantor Benjamin Warschawski. In 2010, Michelle was recognized by "Shalshelet", the Foundation for New Jewish Music, for two of her original compositions. Her pieces are also published in Transcontinental Publishing’s “Shabbat Anthologies.”
Michelle lives happily in Boca Raton, with her husband and two beautiful children, Eliana and Liora.