Kent Tritle is the recipient of Chorus America’s 2020 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. Tritle is awarded for his elevation of professional choral music in the academic, faith, and community spheres.
Tritle is in his 13th season as music director of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York, and one of the charter members of the Association of Professional Ensembles, the organization that became Chorus America. His work with Musica Sacra carries on the organization’s commitment to celebrate contemporary composers and large-scale works through live performance and recordings. As director of choral activities at the Manhattan School of Music, he established the school’s first doctoral program in choral conducting and created collaborations for his student ensembles to perform with other New York musical institutions. Tritle also presented more than 150 concerts after founding the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series with the all-professional choir and orchestra of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, a tradition he has revived in his current position at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.