About the Society
music director and staff
Kent Tritle is one of the leading choral conductors in the United States. During his tenure with the Oratorio Society of New York, he has led it in the standard repertory, rarely performed works, and premieres such as the world premiere of Juraj Filas’s Song of Solomon and the New York State premiere of Paul Moravec’s Blizzard Voices and Marjorie Merryman’s Jonah. Under his direction members of the chorus have also performed in Europe and South America and in concerts presented by the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Tritle is Director of Cathedral Music and organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and is Music Director of Great Music in a Great Space, the Cathedral’s concert series, which he reinstated in 2011. Kent Tritle is also Music Director of Musica Sacra.
An acclaimed organ virtuoso, Mr. Tritle is the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly in Europe and throughout the United States. Recital venues have included the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Church of St. Sulpice, Dresden’s Hofkirche, King’s College at Cambridge, and Westminster Abbey.
Mr. Tritle holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Juilliard School and serves on the faculty there, as well as at the Manhattan School of Music where he has established a doctoral program in choral conducting and serves as chair of the organ department. He has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and on ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, and Minnesota Public Radio.
David Rosenmeyer is celebrating his tenth season as the Oratorio Society’s Associate Conductor and has conducted the Society’s Carnegie Hall performances of Stravinsky’s Mass (2007), the Cantique de Jean Racine (2008), Britten’s Te Deum in C (2010), and the chamber orchestra in Britten’s War Requiem (2013). He is also Music Director of the Fairfield County Chorale, which he led earlier this season in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he serves on the Mannes conducting staff and as a conductor and vocal coach with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv.
Mr. Rosenmeyer began his conducting career as the guest conductor of major orchestras throughout South America, including the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Argentina, Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción of Chile, the Orchestra do Festival do Curitiba of Brazil, and the Orchestra of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He has also conducted the Israeli Chamber Orchestra as well as orchestras in Hungary, Italy, and Brazil.
In 2009 he made his debut with the Bellas Opera Company of Mexico leading a staged gala as part of the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato. He rejoined Bellas Opera in summer 2010 to conduct the finals gala of the Morelli Opera Competition. Mr. Rosenmeyer is also Music Director of the Salzburg Marionette Theater’s production of The Sound of Music.
Born in Argentina, David Rosenmeyer began his studies in Israel where he spent much of his childhood. After returning to Argentina, he studied choral conducting at the J. J. Castro Conservatory of Music and orchestra conducting at the UCA. He holds a Master’s degree in conducting and music theory from the Mannes College of Music and is a recipient of the Felix Salzer Award and a grant from the Joyce Dutka Foundation.
William (Billy) Janiszewski is a director, teacher, and songwriter. In 2014, he founded Tapestry, a not-for-profit choir, and serves as its Artistic Director. Since its inception, Tapestry has earned praise for being a sensitive, artistic ensemble and has had a number of notable performances, including ballet performances at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Joyce Theater, and a performance with the internationally known Australian Voices. In addition, Mr. Janiszewski serves as the Program and Music Director of Basilica Voices, a children’s choir established at the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral. He has served as director for the Columbia University Glee Club, conductor and singer in C4: The Choral Composer Conductor Collective, and Assistant Director of the Vernon Chorale in Vernon, Connecticut. As a teacher, Billy Janiszewski has instructed choir, music theory, songwriting, and guitar at Highbridge Voices, Sacred Heart School in the Bronx, and the Cape Music Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. He holds degrees in voice and music education from the University of Connecticut and is studying for a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the Manhattan School of Music.
Accompanist David Ralph has appeared as piano and organ soloist in most of New York City’s major concert halls and has toured the United States and Canada as accompanist for professional vocal groups including the Robert DeCormier Singers and the Dusing Singers. He has accompanied such artists as soprano Eleanor Steber and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and was rehearsal accompanist for the Spirituals concert starring Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman at Carnegie Hall as well as for the Carnegie Hall Christmas Gala featuring Kathleen Battle, Frederica von Stade, Wynton Marsalis, and André Previn.
Mr. Ralph is also accompanist for the New York Choral Society. He has recorded for numerous record labels including Arabesque, Newport Classic, Sine Qua Non, Book-of-the-Month, Musical Heritage, Greenhays, Albany, and Centaur in styles ranging from classical to folk, gospel, and pop. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music.