Renée Anne Louprette, Concert Organist
American organist Renée Anne Louprette has established an international career as recitalist, conductor, collaborative musician, and teacher. She is Assistant Professor of Music and College Organist at Bard College in upstate New York where she is artistic director and conductor of the Bard Baroque Ensemble. She has directed the organ program of Rutgers University in New Jersey since 2013 and previously served on the organ faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, the Hartt School of the University of Hartford, and Montclair State University. She is director of the National Competition in Organ Improvisation for the American Guild of Organists.
Louprette is associated with several distinguished 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 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 led performances by various professional choirs in New York accompanied by members of Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and The Orchestra Now, and presented the acclaimed U.S. premiere of John Tavener’s Requiem as co-conductor with Kent Tritle. She was selected as a conducting fellow of the Mostly Modern Festival in 2019, premiering several new works with the American Modern Ensemble.
Saturday, August 13, 2022, 6 PM
Sunday, February 19, 2023
Friday, April 21, 2023, 7 PM
Christ Presbyterian Church
Sunday, May 21, 2023, 3 and 7 PM
Organ Recital (repeated)
MSU Alumni Memorial Chapel
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
July 3-6, 2023
AGO Regional Convention – Westchester, NY
St. Peter’s Church
Louprette has been awarded a 2022 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award supporting a six-month research project on the preservation and restoration of Baroque organs in Transylvania, Romania. She will be based in Brașov from August 2022 through January 2023 completing her research during a fall semester sabbatical from Bard College.
Louprette performed concertos by Judith Bingham and David Briggs with the Auburn Symphony Orchestra in Benaroya Hall, conducted by Wesley Schulz, in the final performance of the AGO National Convention in Seattle on July 8, 2022.
Louprette premiered American composer David Hurd’s work Introduction, Passacaglia, and Fugue on Windham at the Victoria Bach Festival in Victoria, Texas on June 9, 2022, in the presence of the composer. The work was commissioned for Louprette by the Victoria Bach Festival. She subsequently performed the piece to enthusiastic reception at recitals in Lund and Uppsala, Sweden, in July 2022.
Louprette performed as harpsichordist in the Oratorio Society of New York’s annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah in Carnegie Hall on December 20. Listen to WQXR’s live broadcast of this performance.
Louprette joined female organist colleagues from across the United States in presenting video recorded performances of Jeanne Demessieux’s Twelve Choral Preludes, Op. 8, as part of Amplify Female Composers’ centennial year celebration of Demessieux. View the performances here.
Renée Anne Louprette’s two recent recordings receive high marks from reviewer Rupert Gough in the British publication Choir & Organ: 5 stars for Une voix française, 4 stars for Bright Vision. Read more here.
Coming soon…another recording was completed in August 2017 on the magnificent Craighead-Saunders organ of Christ Church, Rochester and the Eastman School of Music. Louprette has captured a landmark recording of J. S. Bach’s Clavier-Übung III (pedal works).
Renée Anne Louprette & Ivan Goff – Bright Vision
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“…the performance won a deserved ovation”
~The New York Times
“…a communicative player with no shortage of imaginative ideas, with fingers fully capable of backing them up”
~The Irish Times
“…on a la certitude d’un talent prometteur, et à suivre”