RENÉE ANNE LOUPRETTE, BIOGRAPHY
Hailed by the New York Times as “splendid,” “nimble and dynamic,” Renée Anne Louprette holds a unique place in the concert, sacred music and academic communities of greater New York City and beyond. Recently appointed Organist and Director of Music of the French parish of L’Église de Notre Dame on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, she presides over the church’s 1924 Casavant organ and directs a choral program of singers recruited from the Columbia University community. She previously served as Organist and Associate Director of Music and the Arts at Trinity Wall Street and as Associate Director of Music at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, where she was director of the N.P. Mander Organ recital series.
In the summer of 2013, Ms. Louprette was appointed to the organ faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since joining the faculty of the John. J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University in 2007, she spearheaded the development of the MSU organ department on both the undergraduate and graduate levels and established an organ recital and masterclass series featuring internationally acclaimed artists Olivier Latry, David Briggs, Dame Gillian Weir, Stephen Tharp and James David Christie. In April 2010, she led an educational tour of historic organs in the south of France for the European Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in collaboration with the organ department of Montclair State University.
An active freelance keyboardist, Ms. Louprette has performed with a number of acclaimed New York City ensembles including the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Novus NY, Voices of Ascension, Clarion Music Society, American Symphony Orchestra, the Dessoff Choirs, New York Choral Society, Gotham City Orchestra, Oratorio Society of New York, Cantori New York, Orchestra of Our Time and Piffaro, appearing in Carnegie, Avery Fisher and Merkin Halls and the Miller Theatre of Columbia University.
Renée Anne Louprette has performed throughout the UK and Ireland including at Westminster Abbey, the Temple Church, St. Giles Cathedral Edinburgh and Dunblane Cathedral, Scotland; Galway Cathedral and the festival of Dún Laoghaire, Ireland. Her recording of the Great Eighteen Leipzig Chorales of J. S. Bach on the Metzler Organ in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, England will be released in early 2014. Other European festival appearances include Magadino, Switzerland; In Tempore Organi, Italy; Ghent and Hasselt, Belgium and Toulouse Les Orgues, France. She appeared as organ soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia, in a performance of Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony broadcast on ABC radio. She has been featured at several Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the 2010 National Convention in Washington, D.C., and will perform at the 2014 National Convention of the AGO in Boston premiering a new work by Dr. Pamela Decker. She commissioned a new work from organist-composer David Briggs: Mannahatta, which she premiered at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York in 2011.
Renée Anne Louprette holds a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in piano performance and a Graduate Professional Diploma in organ performance from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, where she began organ studies in 1993 with Larry Allen. In 2003, she earned a Premier Prix - mention très bien from the Conservatoire National de Région de Toulouse, France and a Diplôme Supérieur in organ performance in 2005 from the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Musique et de Danse de Toulouse, where she specialized in interpretation with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen and improvisation with Philippe Lefebvre. She completed additional studies with Dame Gillian Weir in London, with James David Christie, and with Guy Bovet at the Academy of Romainmôtier, Switzerland.
Ms. Louprette is a former member of the Executive Board of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and former Chair of the International Performer of the Year committee. She previously served as Dean of the Greater Hartford, Connecticut Chapter AGO.