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 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 and a member of the organ faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

Wednesday & Thursday, September 11 & 12, 2019, 7:30 PM
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Richard Kaufman, conductor
Musica Sacra
Kent Tritle, music director
The Art of the Score
JOHN WILLIAMS  Close Encounters of the Third Kind



KENT TRITLE’S 2019-20 SEASON (press release – pdf)

  • “All About Communication”: Kent Tritle Stars in WIRED “Masterminds” Episode
  • The World Premiere of a New Critical Edition of Brahms’s A German Requiem by Michael Musgrave, with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall
  • The World Premiere of A Nation of Others, a Paul Moravec/Mark Campbell Oratorio About Ellis Island, with Robert Paterson’s Walt Whitman’s America with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall   
  • The U.S. Premiere of Patrick Zimmerli’s Oratorio Instrument of Destiny by the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine
  • Bach’s St. John Passion with the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame with Musica Sacra 

Kent Tritle Stars in WIRED “Masterminds” Episode!

Kent takes a star turn in the latest episode of” “Masterminds,” a new series of online video features recently launched as part of the WIRED OTT (“over the top”) channel, a platform for video series and features from the celebrated magazine that explores the intersection of technology and culture. Masterminds spotlights experts in various fields who let the viewer inside the finer points of their work; earlier episodes included “Former CIA Operative Explains How Spies Use Disguises” and “Amazing Illusions: Using Human Bodies to Create Shadow Dances.”

In “How Conductors Lead Musicians in Performance,” Kent deconstructs what a conductor does and how, explaining such basics as beat patterns, right hand/left hand independence, and tempo. He also talks about how he views his role: communicating the conductor’s own interpretation of the music, and “how to do that in an open way that invites people in. I’ve found the most fulfilling moments to be when I am just empty, and facilitating – a conduit of energy that comes from the player, goes back to the player … and that’s all about communication.”

Download WIRED’s Streaming App for free on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Android TV to watch Kent’s episode and all of the others in the series. (Visit your streaming device’s app store, search for WIRED and click install and download to your TV for free.)

And… the video will be posted later this summer on