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 Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York; and Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York, the acclaimed 200-voice volunteer chorus. In addition, Kent is Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Organ Department at the Manhattan School of Music and 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 and the American Symphony Orchestra.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7 PM
Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Combined Cathedral Choirs, Orchestra, and Soloists
Kent Tritle, conductor
Bryan Zaros, director, Cathedral Choristers

POULENC Organ Concerto
POULENC Four Christmas Motets
CHARPENTIER  In Nativitatem Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Canticum
Selections by Willcocks, Britten, Rutter, and Fraser performed by Cathedral Choristers
Christmas Carols

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
Kent Tritle, conductor
Kathryn Lewek, soprano
Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
William Ferguson, tenor
Adam Lau, bass

HANDEL  Messiah

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 7:30 PM
Carnegie Hall
Kent Tritle, conductor
Kathryn Lewek, soprano
Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Colin Balzer, tenor
Scott Dispensa, baritone

HANDEL  Messiah

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 7 PM
Great Music in a Great Space at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine & Orchestra
Kent Tritle, conductor
Jamet Pittman, soprano
With guests Judy Collins, Jason Robert Brown and host Harry Smith

MORAVEC  Light Shall Lift Us (New York premiere)
BARBER  Adagio for Strings, “Let down the bars, O Death,” “Sure on this shining night”
BACH  Mass in B Minor: “Gloria/et in terra pax,” “Laudamus te,” “Gratias agimus tibi,” “Dona nobis pacem”
HAILSTORK  “Motherless Child”
DAWSON  “Balm in Gilead”
HOGAN  “Walk together, children”
Traditional  “This little light of mine”

Light Shall Lift Us is a musical response by Paul Moravec (music) and Mark Campbell (lyrics) to the tragedy that occurred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016 – the largest mass shooting in U.S history. The inspirational work was premiered in "One Voice Orlando," a benefit concert Campbell helped organize with Opera Orlando, that sought to reunite and heal the city during a very difficult time.  


  • 7276-cover658-300x263Music from a Higher Sphere – CD just released!
    In April 2016, Kent led the Oratorio Society of New York; choruses and the orchestra of the Manhattan School of Music; soloists Sara Murphy, Rachel Rosales, Bryn Holdsworth, Jana McIntyre, Noragh Devlin, John Tiranno, Tim Murray, and Adam Lau; and the Cathedral Choristers (children’s choir) of St. John the Divine in the world premiere of an arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 for chorus, soloists, and organ by organist David Briggs, with Briggs as organ soloist. The Pro Organo label recorded the event, and the double CD, Music from a Higher Sphere, is now available – watch the promotional video, and click here to purchase.
  • KENT TRITLE’S 2016-17 SEASON  (press release – pdf)
    *Asian Debut with The National Chorus of Korea at the Great Mountains Music Festival & School
    *U.S. Premiere of Rautavaara’s Vigilia with the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine
    *Britten’s War Requiem with the Oratorio Society of New York and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony and Symphonic Chorus
    *Bach and Mozart Masses with Oratorio Society of New York
    *Palestrina, Pärt, Tavener, Bach, Britten, Brahms with Musica Sacra
  • Review: Musica Sacra’s ‘Messiah,’ Buoyant and Burnished at Carnegie Hall
  • "With an excellent chorus and reliably top-notch soloists, the annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” by Musica Sacra, under the direction of Kent Tritle, command a loyal following." ~Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times, December 23, 2015 [full text]