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.


Monday, January 31, 8 PM
Carnegie Hall

Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Musica Sacra; Kent Tritle, Music Director

Program to include:

Saturday, February 12, 7:30 PM
Manhattan School of Music

Kent Tritle, conductor
Ronnie Oliver, conductor
*Rong Zhang, conductor

JOHANNES BRAHMS  Liebeslieder Waltzes
Chinese folk songs

*DMA candidate in conducting

Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra
Kent Tritle, conductor
Nicole Joy Mitchell, contralto
John Riesen, tenor

VIKTOR KALABIS  Canticum Canticorum
WANG JIE  New work (World premiere)
JOHANNES BRAHMS  Schaffe in mir, Gott, Op. 29, No. 2


  • Kent Tritle Has a Full 2021-22 Season of Events – at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Manhattan School of Music, and with Musica Sacra and the Oratorio Society of New York

    (press release – pdf)

    From a cappella choral programs and premieres to Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, and an organ recital

  • KENT TRITLE IS A 2021 GRAMMY NOMINEE – Best Choral Performance, for the Moravec/Campbell Oratorio Sanctuary Road, with Kent Tritle Leading the Oratorio Society of New York, on Naxos

(press release – pdf)

      • Soloists Susanna Phillips, Heather Petrie, Joshua Blue, and Sidney Outlaw, and Members of the Oratorio Society of New York Chorus and Orchestra Perform Selections from Handel’s Messiah, Including the “Hallelujah” Chorus – Taped in October in Tritle’s Barn in Stone Ridge, New York
      • On December 13, Kent Tritle To Lead the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine on the Cathedral Steps in a Concert of Holiday Music
      • Grammy Nomination, Best Choral Performance, for the Moravec/Campbell Oratorio Sanctuary Road, with Kent Tritle Leading the Oratorio Society of New York, on Naxos

(press release – pdf)

Chorus America has announced its 2020 awards program honorees, and Kent Tritle is the recipient of the Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art. Named after one of the founders of Chorus America, this award was established in 1978 to honor an individual with a lifetime of significant contributions to the professional choral art.

Kent Tritle Stars in WIRED “Masterminds” Episode:
What Conductors Are Really Doing

Kent takes a star turn in the latest episode of WIRED “Masterminds,” a new series of online videos from the celebrated platform 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.” Watch “What Conductors Are Really Doing” now.

4 days ago

Kent Tritle
Here is a message from Kent:My Dear Ones, My mother, Donna Tritle, passed away last Wednesday, January 12th. All five kids, Dad and sister-in-law Karla were by her side. We sang, we prayed, we sang some more. The cause of death was Parkinson’s with complications due to Covid-19. Mom had been vaccinated, but Covid set up respiratory complications. Fortunately for us the contagious period passed quickly and we were able to be with her in the days leading to Mom’s passing. Mom’s piano playing was my very first and then life-long inspiration for being a musician. She played ‘by ear’ and with music, and I aspired to both, in that order. Her steady, consistent support, concern and care through my entire life has sustained me, and her ever-positive outlook on life gave me the foundation for a similar life-view. Mom was the quiet center of our lives, and her unconditional love flowed freely to all five of us. My father, Elwin, is getting along as best as can be expected, even nobly. I am indebted to my sister Jennifer and brothers Greg, Dan and Brad for their extraordinary presence and care for both parents. We are a close family, and it was Mom in great part who made that possible. We miss Mom, but also know and believe that she is not gone, but transformed. The body is only a shell which contains the human soul. Mom was a woman of incredible faith, and we very much feel her presence, even as we miss her greatly.Thanks for reading, and I send all my love to you.KentDonna Tritle, daughter of Cecil and Ruby (Bass) Rooks, was born April 27, 1938, in Marshalltown, Iowa. On June 6, 1959, she married Elwin Tritle of Spirit Lake. Together they raised five children and also a niece. Donna was proud of all her children and never missed one of their activities.Donna’s mother was a homemaker, bookkeeper for the family businesses and a creative visual artist; her father was nationally recognized as a horse judge, and was also a farmer and entrepreneur. It was in this environment that her love of music, and particularly for the piano, was fostered. Donna graduated from Eldora High School and attended Iowa State College (now Iowa State University). She met her future husband, Elwin, at the Wesley Foundation in Ames, Iowa, during that time. She became a longtime member of the Spirit Lake United Methodist Church, and at various times served as church secretary, financial secretary, in United Methodist Women and Circle, sang in the church choir, accompanied the choir until recent years, and together with Elwin co-chaired the Missions Committee and taught Sunday school. For many years, she had her own store on Hill Avenue, The Hope Chest, and did bookkeeping for various entities including the family farm.Donna was active with her husband Elwin in the Dickinson County Farm Bureau, where she once served as Women’s Chairman and invented the idea of Christmas beef gift certificates, which became a statewide and then a multi-state promotion. She also served in PEO, as a member of the Northwest Iowa Mental Health Board, and she attended countless Spirit Lake Community School, 4-H, and Girl Scouts activities (where she was troop leader). Donna and Elwin were also active together in the Neighborhood Club. She was even recognized as Homemaker of the Year for Dickinson County. Many Spirit Lake music students will also remember her generously accompanying them for music contests in junior and senior high school. She was passionate about seeing her children and grandchildren, whether in Spirit Lake, New York, Arizona, Colorado, or California.Donna passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, with her husband and children by her side. She was preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Ruby Rooks, and her brother, John Rooks. Left to cherish Donna’s memory are her husband of 62 years, Elwin, and their five children and their spouses, Kent Tritle and Arthur Fiacco of New York City, Greg and Sheila Tritle of Spirit Lake, Dan Tritle and Karla Oleson-Tritle of Spirit Lake, Brad and Ayako Tritle of South Orange, New Jersey, Jennifer Tritle-Oitzman and Cory Oitzman of Spirit Lake; their grandchildren, Kaylee Tritle of West Des Moines, Aisha Tritle of Glasgow, Scotland, Emily Spangler of Spirit Lake, and Bridget Tritle of Spirit Lake. Niece Diane (Jess) Dreadfulwater has been a member of the immediate family since 1964. Donna is also survived by her siblings Ike (Peg) Rooks of Eldora, Robin (Marc) Hyland of Grimes, Robert (Marlana) Rooks of Gabriola Island, British Columbia; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is beloved for her warm smile, generous heart and positive spirit and will be missed by many.A service is planned for the spring.Turner Jenness Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

Kent Tritle
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC New Year's Eve Concert for Peace - Friday at 7 pm ET - will move to an all-online performance because of the ongoing pandemic, but this also means that all are welcome to view the livestream on this page - - and on the Cathedral's Facebook page and YouTube channel.Kent, Bryan Zaros, and Jie Yi will conduct the Cathedral Choir, Jamet Pittman is soloist, and Harry Smith hosts: Charpentier's Te Deum, Joel Thompson’s riveting "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" and David Hurd’s "When Night Fell," a medley of works by Asian composers including Chen Yi, with the choir singing in Chinese! Jamet Pittman will lead us all in singing “This Little Light of Mine” after J.S. Bach’s timeless setting of Dona Nobis Pacem from his Mass in B Minor. Join us as we ring in the New Year of 2022 with optimism! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Kent Tritle
Join Kent and his colleagues at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC for a livestream of Christmas Eve services this afternoon at 3:30 ET, which will be repeated later at 10 pm, as well as Christmas morning at 10 am, here: the Cathedral: This service will be streamed to this page and to the Cathedral's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the service will be held without congregants to protect the health and safety of our communities.The Service of Lessons and Carols is a recent but now classical element of Anglican Liturgy, first instituted for Christmas Eve 1880 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Truro. This beloved Christmas service begins with a musical prelude at 3:30 pm and will include musical contributions by the Cathedral Choirs as we celebrate the birth of the light. ... See MoreSee Less
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