Shira Averbuch is a NYC based Israeli-American songleader utilizing the power of music
as a means of communication, community building, healing, and joy!
Born in Rochester, NY to Israeli parents, Shira Averbuch, split her time growing up between Israel and the States. She served as a singer and commander of her Israeli Army Band after which she moved to NYC.
She graduated with honors from both the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and The New School with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Certificate in Music Therapy
Shira serves as the Artist-in-Residence at B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue in NYC creating unique music programming that grows and advances the community. Shira has also created and executed tailor made guest masterclasses, performances, holiday programming for Jewish and Israeli communities across the United States, including: 92Y (NYC), 14Y(NYC), Stephen Wise Free Synagogue (NYC), Park Avenue Synagogue (NYC), JCC Manhattan (NYC), JCC Harlem (NYC), Jewish Community Project Downtown (NYC), Israeli American Council-IAC (NYC), Chabad of Tribeca (NYC), Chabad of North Williamsburg (NYC), JCC Brooklyn (NYC), Hannah Senesh School (NYC), Sid Jacobson JCC (NYC), MusicTalks (NYC), Tribeca Synagogue (NYC), West End Synagogue (Nashville), Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona (AZ) and more.
In Music Therapy, Shira worked at The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital collaborating with the medical team using music as palliative care.
As an Actors’ Equity actor, she starred in Off-Broadway musicals noted by the NYTimes for her "beguiling and winning voice". She later teamed up with longtime Blondie music producer, Paul Carbonara, to record original music. Her song "Am I Beautiful" following her friend's breast cancer journey raised awareness and money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.