We hope you are all safe and well! There are a number of things to share with you, but here’s some recent news: Chorus America has announced its 2020 awards, and Kent is the recipient of the Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art: “Kent Tritle is the 2020 recipient of the Korn Founders Award for his elevation of professional choral music in the academic, faith, and community spheres.” You can read the full press release from Chorus America here.

You may have received word about some of these concert updates, but we wanted to send you the latest, particularly the news about rescheduling – we will perform for you again soon!

  • Musica Sacra – The March 16 concert, “Under the Arches,” which had initially been rescheduled to May 18, has been postponed to Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 7:30 PM at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. All tickets already purchased will be honored on the new date. See below for full program information.

  • Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine – The performance of Bach’s St. John Passion that was scheduled to have happened on March 31 will now take place next season: Tuesday, March 23, 2021. More details will be announced in the months to come.

  • Oratorio Society of New York – The May 6 program featuring the world premiere of the Paul Moravec/Mark Campbell oratorio A Nation of Others, as well as Robert Paterson’s Whitman’s America has been postponed – Carnegie Hall has cancelled all events until October. We are happy to be able to report that the concert will take place at Carnegie in the fall, on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 8 PM, with soloists including Maeve Hoglund, soprano; Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano; and Joseph Beutel, bass-baritone.

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is currently closed until further notice, but will be streaming select services. For more about online resources, visit

Fundraising receptions, galas, and other events previously scheduled for the spring months have also been postponed; we look forward to sharing the news of their new dates with you. In the meantime, however, we would be so grateful if you would consider making a donation to any of these organizations at this difficult time – to aid the current and future support of the music and musicians that we love:

We are all learning a great deal in this challenging moment. One of the most poignant things I have been reminded of ever more deeply is that the power of music to connect us, to transform us, to move us to a higher state and past the noise of the day, is more effective and important than before. 

Music can, and will, move us from this time of anxiety to a time of joy. Thank you for your love and support, and all my love to you and yours as we move through this. 


Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor
J. S. BACH  Komm, Jesu, Komm , BWV 229
JOHANNES BRAHMS  Schaffe in mir, Gott

7 PM - Pre-concert recital by the Newark Boys Chorus School
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 8 PM
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor
Soloists to include:
Maeve Hogland, soprano
Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano
Joseph Beutel, bass

PAUL MORAVEC/MARK CAMPBELL  A Nation of Others , an oratorio about Ellis Island 
(World premiere of an OSNY commission)
ROBERT PATERSON  Whitman’s America  
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
Kent Tritle, conductor
Soloists to include:
Amy Justman, soprano
Kirsten Sollek, contralto
Lawrence Jones, tenor
Peter Stewart, baritone

J. S. BACH  St. John Passion
About Kent Tritle
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 acclaimed 200-voice volunteer chorus; and Music Director of Musica Sacra , the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City. 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 . An acclaimed organ virtuoso, he is also the organist of the New York Philharmonic.

Photo: Jennifer Taylor