One of America’s leading choral conductors, Kent Tritle assumed the role of Director of Cathedral Music and organist at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine on September 1, 2011. He is Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York and of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City. Called “the brightest star in New York’s choral music world” by the New York Times, he is Director of Choral Activities at Manhattan School of Music and a member of the graduate faculty of the Juilliard School. An acclaimed organ virtuoso, he is also the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra. Kent Tritle founded the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series in 1989, when he became Director of Music Ministries at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, and made it an acclaimed part of the New York concert scene for over 22 years.
As Director of Choral Activities at Manhattan School of Music, Kent Tritle has recently led student forces in performances of Haydn's Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. He is also renowned as a master clinician, giving workshops on conducting and repertoire. As a featured conductor at the Berkshire Choral Festival in 2008 he led a performance of Handel’s Solomon performed by a chorus of 215 voices. He returned to the festival in 2011 to conduct a select choir in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.
From 1996 to 2004, Mr. Tritle was Music Director of the Emmy-nominated Dessoff Choirs, winners of an ASCAP award for adventurous programming of contemporary music. Under his direction the Dessoff Choirs performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Czech Philharmonic, as well as in a nationally telecast Live from Lincoln Center concert of Mozart’s Requiem.
Mr. Tritle has prepared choruses for conductors Philippe Entremont, Christoph von Dohnányi, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Spano, Gerard Schwarz, Vladimir Spivakov, Nicholas McGegan, Leon Botstein, and Dennis Russell Davies. Among the soloists with whom he has collaborated are singers Renée Fleming, Jessye Norman, Hei-Kyung Hong, Marilyn Horne, Susanne Mentzer, Susan Graham, and Sherrill Milnes; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianist André Previn; and actor Tony Randall.
As an organist, Mr. Tritle performs regularly in Europe and across the U.S. and has appeared often as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. With the Philharmonic he has recorded Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, and Henze’s Symphony No. 9, all conducted by Kurt Masur, as well as the Grammy-nominated Sweeney Todd conducted by Andrew Litton. Kent Tritle’s most recent CDs with the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, Ginastera’s The Lamentations of Jeremiah and Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir; and Wondrous Love, music from 1,000 years of sacred repertoire, have been praised by Gramophone, the American Record Guide, and The Choral Journal.
Mr. Tritle holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Juilliard School in organ performance and choral conducting.