Renée Anne Louprette
Assistant Professor of Music; College Organist
Primary Academic Program: Music
Biography:Renée Anne Louprette, hailed by the New York Times as one of New York’s finest organists, has established an international career as an organ recitalist, accompanist, conductor, and teacher. Recent recitals include such venues as Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; Royal Festival Hall, London; Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series, Eastman School of Music; St. James Cathedral, Seattle; the United States Military Academy at West Point; and the Bard Music Festival. She is associated with a number of distinguished sacred music programs in the New York City area, having served as associate director of music at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, associate director of music and the arts at Trinity Church Wall Street, organist and associate director at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, and director of music at the Church of Notre Dame. As a freelance keyboardist, she has performed with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Voices of Ascension, Clarion Music Society, American Symphony Orchestra, Dessoff Choirs, New York Choral Society, and Oratorio Society of New York. Conducting positions include, among others, assistant conductor of the chamber singers and symphonic chorus at Bard College; founder and conductor, Les Demoiselles de Notre Dame, New York City; and South West London Choral Society. Professor Louprette has also held academic positions at Rutgers University, Manhattan School of Music, Hartt School, and Montclair State University. Her recording of the Great Eighteen Chorales of J. S. Bach on the Metzler organ in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, was named a classical music Critics’ Choice in 2014 by the New York Times. In 2018, she released a recording of 20th-century French organ repertoire on the Acis Productions label to critical acclaim. Upcoming recordings include Bach’s Clavier-Übung III on the Acis label and a collaborative project of original compositions and arrangements of traditional Irish repertoire with uilleann piper Ivan Goff, recorded at New York’s Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.
BM, Graduate Professional Diploma (organ performance), Hartt School, University of Hartford; Diplôme Supérieur, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Musique et de Danse de Toulouse; MM, conducting, Bard College Conservatory of Music. At Bard since 2019.
Location: Edith C. Blum Institute