Kent Tritle, Former Music Director
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Kent Tritle is one of the leading choral conductors in New York City today. Under his eight years of leadership, The Dessoff Choirs presented a wide array of choral repertoire from Monteverdi to Menotti; appeared with pre-eminent artists Marilyn Horne, Tony Randall, Susanne Mentzer, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Tan Dun, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vladimir Spivakov, Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwarz, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Dennis Russell Davies, Paul McCreesh, and Leon Botstein; won the 1999 ASCAP/Chorus America award for adventurous programming of contemporary music; and appeared on PBS in the nationally broadcast "Live from Lincoln Center."
Mr. Tritle is Director of Music Ministries at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, and founder and Music Director of its well-established Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series. He served as artistic consultant on the design and installation at St. Ignatius of New York City's largest mechanical-action pipe organ.
Kent Tritle is the Organist of the New York Philharmonic and Principal Organist of the American Symphony Orchestra, and has recorded on the Telarc, Gothic, VAI, Cala, Epiphany, and AMDG labels. He is a frequent guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As an organ recitalist he has performed widely in the United States and Europe. He has been profiled in The New York Times, Manhattan File Magazine, ABC Worldnews Tonight and was featured on National Public Radio's "Pipe Dreams" series.
An Iowa native, Mr. Tritle received his degrees from The Juilliard School and has served on its faculty since 1996.