Who is Ilysia?
Whether it be on stage or in a studio, singing or speaking, Ilysia is most comfortable in front of a microphone!
Ilysia is thrilled to announce she has finally recorded her first solo album, Blessed, which is scheduled for release January 2022! This album is about G-d, inspiration, and most importantly, gratitude. Her song, “There’s Something About Those Candles”, a stirring and emotional song that reflects the universal journey of all who are fighting for freedom, our mission to repair the world, and the holy spark that is freed when each candle is ignited, has already been released and can be found on all streaming services such as Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, and more!
Ilysia has led Shabbat and High Holy Day services for Temple of the Arts since 1999. Prior to her tenure at the temple, Ilysia enjoyed a successful career entertaining audiences on stage, television (she originated the role of Miss Oops-A-Daisy in PBS, The Huggabug Club), and concert halls. Some of her theatrical highlights include: Janina (Irena’s Mother) in a reading of a new musical, Irena Sendler, Disney’s King David, an oratorio concert sparking the reopening of the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York (the original home of the Ziegfeld Follies), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, playing the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Frumah-Sara in Fiddler on the Roof with Theodore Bikel and Lainie Kazan, Eva Peron in Evita, for which she received a Dramalogue Critics’ Choice Award for outstanding performance, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, to name only a few.
In 2003 Rabbi Baron and the Temple produced a CD, Enlighten, which has elicited outstanding audience and critical review. Ilysia’s stirring rendition of “We Came To Sing In Jerusalem” was chosen to be on the Keeping the Faith, Voices for Israel 2 CD benefiting survivors of terrorism in Israel (www.voicesforisrael.org/faith/). Her vocal talents are also featured in the title song, “Keeping the Faith.” Ilysia’s emotional and powerful version of “Lift My Eyes” by Sam Glaser was chosen for his 25th Anniversary Tribute CD, Stages.
Ilysia continues to share her vocal talents outside the temple. In February 2019, Ilysia was hired for a Voice Over project. She is honored to be one of only 12 readers for the first all-female audio Bible for at-risk and incarcerated women, produced by Amick Byram and Courage For Life. Soon after, she was hired to record the voice of Mrs. Bennett in a dramatic audio book reading of Pride and Prejudice.
Her reputation as a consummate performer has prompted invitations to sing in concerts as the featured guest artist at local venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Ford Amphitheater, the Saban Theatre, various fundraising events, including StandWithUs, the Jewish Federation, and at Pan Pacific Park’s Holocaust Memorial Yom HaShoah to name only a few.
Ilysia feels honored to have been asked to sing our National Anthem over 100 times for various events and fundraisers.
You can find me at my spiritual home…