Hazzan Howard Shalowitz was born in Chicago, IL. He began singing at the age of 10 as a boy soloist in various High Holy Day choirs throughout the Chicago area as well as on recordings, radio, and television. After he was graduated from the Solomon Schechter Day School in Northbrook, IL, he studied at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, IL and received a diploma from both the High School of Jewish Studies and New Trier West High School.
While attending Tulane University for the first two years of his undergraduate education, he sang lead roles in operettas, sang with the New Orleans Symphony, and served as hazzan at Tikvat Shalom Congregation. He then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree and completed his Master of Arts coursework while on a voice scholarship. Hazzan Shalowitz sang the lead tenor roles in the Penn Singers, the Gilbert and Sullivan Players of Philadelphia, and the Penn Glee Club; and also delivered a singing telegram to opera star Luciano Pavarotti.
After attending the Jewish Theological Seminary of America Cantors Institute, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Since the age of 18, he has officiated as the High Holy Day hazzan at various congregations throughout the United States and Canada; including nine years at the prestigious Sutton Place Synagogue in New York City. As chairman of the Cantors Assembly’s Ambassador Program Committee, he led services and lectured on Jewish music throughout North America. He has also been the hazzan in residence at 6 week-long Imun adult education programs for lay leaders of congregations. From 1999 to 2003, Hazzan Shalowitz served as the hazzan for Passover at the Radisson-Deauville in Miami Beach; and for eight years as the hazzan for Passover cruises in the Caribbean.
He has authored several published articles about Jewish life in smaller Jewish communities around the World including those in Tahiti, San Juan, The Dominican Republic, Norway, Martinique, Barbados, and St. Thomas. He has led tours of the Jewish communities in Martinique, Barbados, and Panama.
He is the past-president of the St. Louis Circle of Jewish Music, the past-President of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) and the St. Louis Bar Foundation; served on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Bar; and served as Vice President of the Midwest Jewish Congress.
Shalowitz has been featured in publications for his dual vocational accomplishments as a lawyer and a cantor, including in the American Bar Association Journal in 1993 and the American Bar Association Bar Leader magazine in the Spring of 2004.
He has sung numerous times at naturalization ceremonies in federal court and the Jewish Center for the Aged (the Cedars), and has served on the faculty of the Central Agency for Jewish Education and at Block Yeshiva High School.
For all of his volunteer work in the St. Louis community, he received the JCCA Mitzvah Star Award. In 2010, The Cantors Assembly awarded a Scholar Certificate to him for his continuing education and scholarship in Jewish Music.
Hazzan Shalowitz wrote, narrated, and produced 4 television programs for the Jewish holidays: The Sound of the Shofar, The Light of the Menorah, The Cup of Elijah, and The Scroll of Esther, which have aired on St. Louis television for over 18 years. He won a national Telly Award in 2000 as co-host of the weekly television show See/Hear; and hosted a weekly television show "Legally Speaking in St. Louis" which has been on the air since June, 2003.
He and his wife Cara and his two sons, Max and Ari, live in Creve Coeur, Missouri.