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.
Louprette has performed with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Voices of Ascension, Clarion Music Society, American Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Dance Project, the American Brass Quintet, The Dessoff Choirs, Oratorio Society of New York, and Piffaro. She has partnered with traditional Irish musician Ivan Goff, with whom she debuted at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles presenting the world premiere of a new work for uilleann pipes and organ by Eve Beglarian, commissioned for the Louprette-Goff duo by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The duo released their album “Bright Vision” in 2019.
Renée Anne Louprette has performed throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, including Westminster Abbey and the Temple Church in London, St. Giles Cathedral Edinburgh and Dunblane Cathedral (Scotland), Galway Cathedral and Dún Laoghaire (Ireland). European festival appearances include Magadino, Switzerland; In Tempore Organi, Italy; Ghent and Hasselt, Belgium; Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark; Bordeaux Cathedral and Toulouse Les Orgues, France; Internationaler Orgelsommer in Stuttgart, Germany; and Organ Nights in Brasov, Romania. In 2018, she made her solo debuts at the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. She has appeared as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia, in a performance of Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony broadcast live on ABC Radio. July 2022 marks her concert debut in Sweden, with recitals at Uppsala Cathedral, Lund Cathedral, and Svenska kyrkan in Mörrum.
Louprette regularly performs at regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and has been featured at three national conventions: 2010 in Washington, D.C., when she premiered David Hurd’s Three Psalms with organist David Briggs and The Washington Chorus at the National Shrine; 2014 in Boston when she premiered Pamela Decker’s Faneuil Hall; and 2022 when she performed concertos by Judith Bingham and David Briggs with the Auburn Symphony in Benaroya Hall, Seattle. Additional world premieres have included Louprette’s own commissions of Prélude Salve Regina by George Baker, Triptych – Mannahatta by David Briggs, and Introduction, Passacaglia, and Fugue by David Hurd, commissioned by the Victoria Bach Festival for Louprette in 2022.
Her recording of the “Great Eighteen Chorales” of J. S. Bach on the Metzler Organ in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, England, was named a classical music Critics’ Choice 2014 by The New York Times. In 2017 she released a recording of 20th-century French organ repertoire – “Une voix française | A French Voice” – on the Acis Productions label to critical acclaim. Her recording of Bach’s Clavier-Übung III on the Acis label, performed on the Craighead-Saunders organ of Christ Church, Rochester, New York, is due for release in 2022.
Renée Anne Louprette holds a Master of Music in conducting from Bard College Conservatory, a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in piano performance, and a Graduate Professional Diploma in organ performance from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. She was awarded a Premier Prix – mention très bien from the Conservatoire National de Région de Toulouse, France and a Diplôme Supérieur in organ performance from the Centre d’Études Supérieures de Musique et de Danse de Toulouse, studying with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen and improvisation with Philippe Lefebvre. She completed additional studies with Dame Gillian Weir, James David Christie, and Guy Bovet. She has been granted a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award for 2022-2023 when she will spend six months in Brasov, Romania, documenting the preservation and restoration of historic pipe organs in Transylvania.
Renée Anne Louprette is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.