One of the leading choral conductors in the United States,
Kent Tritle marks his eighth season as Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York. During this time, he has led the Society in both the standard repertory and in such rarely performed works as the Mozart arrangement of
Messiah, as well as in the world premiere of Juraj Filas’
Song of Solomon and the New York State premiere of Paul Moravec’s
Blizzard Voices. Under his direction members of the chorus have also performed in concerts in Europe and South America and in concerts presented by the New York Philharmonic.
Called “the brightest star in New York’s choral music world” by the
New York Times, Tritle’s weekly WQXR show, The Choral Mix with Kent
Tritle, explores the extraordinary riches of the choral repertory every Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Mr. Tritle is also Director of Cathedral Music and organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Music Director of Musica Sacra, New York’s longest continuously performing professional chorus. In 1989 he founded Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, the acclaimed concert series at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, which he directed until 2011. From 1996 to 2004, he was Music Director of the Emmy-nominated Dessoff Choirs, winners of the ASCAP/Chorus America award for adventurous programming of contemporary music.
An acclaimed organ virtuoso, Mr. Tritle is the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly in Europe and across the United States. Recital venues have included the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Church of St. Sulpice, Dresden’s Hofkirche, King’s College at Cambridge, and Westminster Abbey.
Kent Tritle holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Juilliard School and currently serves on the faculty there, as well as at the Manhattan School of Music where he has established a doctoral program in choral conducting. He has been featured in the
New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and on
ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, and Minnesota Public Radio.