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. As director of the Bard Baroque Ensemble, she leads an annual series of Bach cantatas presented in Bard’s Chapel of the Holy Innocents and at venues throughout the Hudson Valley region. She is director of the National Competition in Organ Improvisation and a 2022 US-Romanian Fulbright Scholar. 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; Washington National Cathedral; the United States Military Academy at West Point; and the Bard Music Festival. She is associated with several 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. She has collaborated with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Berkshire Bach Society, Voices of Ascension, Clarion Music Society, American Symphony Orchestra, Dessoff Choirs, New York Choral Society, Oratorio Society of New York, Los Angeles Dance Project, and the Empire Brass Quintet, among others. Conducting positions have included assistant conductor of the chamber singers and symphonic chorus at Bard College; founder and conductor, Les Demoiselles de Notre Dame, New York City; and assistant conductor of the 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. Her recording of Bach’s Clavier-Übung III on the Acis label is due for release in September 2023.
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.
Photo: Joshua South
Location: Edith C. Blum Institute