"The large chorus and excellent orchestra responded well to the precise gestures from conductor Kent Tritle, who had clearly assimilated both pieces to a remarkably thorough degree and marshaled his forces impressively. It felt like an event."

Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News

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Kent Tritle

Music Director

Kent Tritle is one of America’s leading choral conductors. Called “the brightest star in New York's choral music world” by The New York Times, he is Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York, the Grammy-nominated volunteer chorus; and Music Director of Musica Sacra, New York’s elite professional chorus.

Kent is a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. Also an acclaimed organ virtuoso, Kent Tritle is the organist of the New York Philharmonic.

Highlights of the 2023-24 season include the 150th season of the Oratorio Society of New York that presents Handel oratorios Samson and Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat and the Mozart Requiem at Carnegie Hall, and a special program featuring the choral movements of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2; the 60th Musica Sacra season, featuring “SurRound,” a surround sound choral concert with singers moving throughout the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, as well as Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall; and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Bruckner’s Te Deum, and holiday programs on the Great Music in a Great Space series at the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine. The season also shines a spotlight on Kent’s organ activity: he is the featured soloist in performances of Saint-Säens’s “Organ” Symphony (Symphony No. 3) with the New York Philharmonic, and he performs a solo recital at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on the cathedral’s digital organ.

Among Kent’s recent notable performances: at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand,” and Britten’s War Requiem performed by the Oratorio Society of New York and the Symphony and Symphonic Chorus of the Manhattan School of Music; and with the Cathedral Choir, the New York premiere performance by the Cathedral Choir of Einojuhani Rautaavara’s Vigilia (called by Opera News “a choral concert for the ages”). With Musica Sacra, world premieres of music by Juraj Filas, Michael Gilbertson, and Robert Paterson. And with the Oratorio Society of New York, the world premieres of the Paul Moravec/Mark Campbell oratorios Sanctuary Road (the recording of which received a Grammy nomination) and A Nation of Others.

Kent has created high-profile collaborations for his groups with other major players in the New York music scene, directing the Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus for performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New York Philharmonic led by Alan Gilbert; Musica Sacra for the New York Philharmonic’s live score performances of 2001: A Space Odyssey, also led by Gilbert, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind; and the Oratorio Society of New York for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s led by Sir Roger Norrington, and Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary Gala. He also led the “Mass Appeal Mass” of the “Make Music New York” festival for three years, including the 2012 premiere of a work by Philip Glass in Times Square.  

Kent Tritle is renowned as a master clinician, giving workshops on conducting and repertoire; he leads annual choral workshops at the Amherst Early Music Festival, and recent years have included workshops at Berkshire Choral International, Summer@Eastman and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. As Director of Choral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music from 2008 to 2022, Kent established the school’s first doctoral program in choral conducting. A Juilliard School faculty member since 1996, he currently directs a graduate practicum on oratorio in collaboration with the school’s Vocal Arts Department.

In more than 150 concerts presented by the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series from 1989 to 2011, Kent Tritle conducted the Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola in a broad repertoire of sacred works, from Renaissance masses and oratorio masterworks to premieres by notable living composers, earning praise for building the choir and the concert series into one of the highlights of the New York concert scene.  From 1996 to 2004, Tritle was Music Director of the Emmy-nominated Dessoff Choirs. Kent hosted “The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle,” a weekly program devoted to the vibrant world of choral music, on New York’s WQXR from 2010 to 2014. 

As an organ recitalist, Kent Tritle performs regularly in Europe and across the United States; recital venues have included the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris, Dresden’s Hofkirche, King’s College at Cambridge, Westminster Abbey, and St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. With the Philharmonic he has performed Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony conducted by Lorin Maazel, Andrew Davis, Antonio Pappano, and David Robertson, and recorded Brahms’s 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. He is featured on the DVDs The Organistas and Creating the Stradivarius of Organs

Kent Tritle’s discography features more than 20 recordings on the Telarc, Naxos, AMDG, Epiphany, Gothic, VAI and MSR Classics labels. Recent releases, including the Grammy-nominated 2018 world premiere performance of the Paul Moravec/Mark Campbell oratorio Sanctuary Road with the Oratorio Society of New York; the 2016 performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8, David Briggs's organ-choral version; and Eternal Reflections: Choral Music of Robert Paterson with Musica Sacra, have been praised by NPR Music, Gramophone, and The American Organist. 

Kent is the 2020 recipient of Chorus America’s Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art. Other recent honors include the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award from Career Bridges and the 2016 President’s Medal for Distinguished Service from the Manhattan School of Music. Kent is on the advisory boards of the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective (C4) and the Clarion Music Society, and was the 2016 honoree at Clarion’s annual gala.

Kent Tritle holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from The Juilliard School in organ performance and choral conducting. 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 was featured in Episode 6 of the first season of the WIRED video series “Masterminds,” an installment titled, “What Conductors Are Really Doing.”

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Amir Farid

Pianist

Winner of the 2006 Australian National Piano Award, U.S-born Iranian-Australian pianist Amir Farid has been described as “a highly creative musician – a pianist of great intelligence and integrity”. Residing in both Melbourne and New York City, Amir has performed as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and collaborative artist in concert halls and festivals internationally, including Carnegie Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Al-Hashemi-II in Kuwait, as well as other venues in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand and China.

Recital collaborations include, tenor Ian Bostridge, sopranos Greta Bradman and Siobhan Stagg, baritone Wolfgang Holzmair, as well as many instrumental soloists. As a chamber musician, Amir is pianist of the Benaud Trio, winning the Piano Trio prize at the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition, as well as pianist with the Exponential Ensemble in NYC. He has also recorded for the Steinway & Sons Spirio catalog, as part of the piano manufacturer’s revolutionary player-piano system.

Amir has studied with Ronald Farren-Price, Andrew Ball, Geoffrey Tozer, Rita Reichman and Timothy Young, at the Royal College of Music, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music. In addition to his work with the OSNY, Amir is a staff pianist at the Vocal Arts department of the Juilliard School, and has worked as a rehearsal pianist with the New York Philharmonic. Please visit amirfarid.com

David Rosenmeyer

Associate Conductor

The Oratorio Society’s Associate Conductor David Rosenmeyer has conducted the Society’s Carnegie Hall performances of Stravinsky’s Mass, Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, Britten’s Te Deum in C, and the chamber orchestra in Britten’s War Requiem. He is also Music Director of the Fairfield County Chorale and the Salzburg Marionette Theater’s production of The Sound of Music. Additionally, he served on the Mannes College of Music’s staff and as a conductor and vocal coach with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv.

Mr. Rosenmeyer began his conducting career as the guest conductor of major orchestras throughout South America, including the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Argentina, Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción of Chile, the Orchestra do Festival do Curitiba of Brazil, and the Orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He has also conducted the Israeli Chamber Orchestra as well as orchestras in Hungary, Italy, and Brazil.

Born in Argentina, David Rosenmeyer began his studies in Israel where he spent much of his childhood. After returning to Argentina, he studied choral conducting at the J. J. Castro Conservatory of Music and orchestra conducting at the UCA. He holds a master’s degree in conducting and music theory from the Mannes College of Music and is a recipient of the Felix Salzer Award and a grant from the Joyce Dutka Foundation.

Board of Directors

William Forsyth Interim chairman
Robert Conley President
Janet Plucknett Vice President
Elke D. Raskob Vice President
Elizabeth Simpson Vice President
Alan Meltzer Treasurer
Deirdre O. Schell Secretary
Erica Jacobsohn Executive director
Gyasi N. Barber Director
Deborah Bradley-Kramer Director
Katherine S. Cahill Director
Timothy Dwight Director
Evan Fein Director
Erin Flannery Director
Angel Gardner Director
Tina Gonzalez Director
Doug Harrison Director
Jennifer Herring Director
Claudia Huter Director
Jay Jacobson Director
Robin Ludwig Director
Katrin K. Naelapaa Director
Gary Schieneman Director
Oscar Vallejo Director
Mary Vaughn Director
Susan Zwanger Director
Thomas Damrosch Director Emeritus
Kathleen Flaherty Director Emerita
Catherine M. Green Director Emerita
Mary-Jo Knight Director Emerita
Julia Turner Director Emerita
Albert Watson Director Emeritus
Richard A. Pace Chairman EMERITUS

Administration

Erica Jacobsohn Executive director
DiAnn Pierce Member Librarian & Liaison

Committee Chairs

Nominating  Elke Raskob
Audit & Compliance  GYASI N. BARBER
Development  Jennifer Herring
Solo Competition  Janet Plucknett
Music  Evan Fein
International Travel Oscar Vallejo 
Finance  Alan Meltzer
Investment  William Forsyth 
Auction  Mary Vaughn
Archivist Robin Ludwig