Called “the brightest star in New York's choral music world” by the New York Times, Kent Tritle is one of America’s leading choral conductors. He is in his third season as director of cathedral music and organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; his seventh season as music director of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York; and his ninth season as music director of the Oratorio Society of New York, the celebrated 200-voice volunteer chorus. An acclaimed organ virtuoso, Kent is also the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, Kent is director of choral activities at the Manhattan School of Music, where he recently established the school’s first doctoral program in choral conducting. A Juilliard School faculty member since 1996, he teaches choral conducting and directs a graduate practicum on oratorio in collaboration with the school’s Vocal Arts Department. He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the school, in organ performance and choral conducting.
Kent is renowned as a master clinician, giving workshops on conducting and repertoire. In 2011 he was a featured conductor at Berkshire Choral Festival, where he led a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.
He has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, and Minnesota Public Radio, as well as in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He hosts The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle, a weekly hour-long radio program on New York’s Classical 105.9 WQXR.
Works conducted at BCF
- Monteverdi, Vespers, 2011
- Handel, Solomon, 2008