RENÉE ANNE LOUPRETTE, BIOGRAPHY
Hailed by The New York Times as “a technically nimble and dynamic organist,” Renée Anne Louprette has established a formidable international career as organ recitalist, accompanist and conductor. Ms. Louprette was appointed Organist and Associate Director of Music and the Arts at Trinity Wall Street in New York City in June 2011 where she collaborates as primary accompanist and associate conductor of the renowned Trinity Choir under the directorship of Dr. Julian Wachner. From 2005 to 2011, she served as Associate Director of Music at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York where she was a featured recitalist, continuo player, accompanist and conductor on the prominent Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series, as well as director of the N.P. Mander Organ recital series.
Since 2007, she has been a member of the faculty of the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey as Adjunct Professor of Organ. There she has overseen the development of the organ class on both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has established a new organ recital and masterclass series recently featuring internationally acclaimed artists Dame Gillian Weir, James David Christie and Stephen Tharp. 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.
Renée Anne Louprette has presented recitals at the festivals of Dún Laoghaire, Ireland; 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 internationally on ABC radio. She has been featured at several Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists as well as the 2010 National Convention in Washington, D.C., where she performed before an audience of 4,000 in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. She has performed recitals throughout the UK and Ireland including at Westminster Abbey and the Temple Church in London, St. Giles Cathedral Edinburgh and Dunblane Cathedral, Scotland, and Galway Cathedral, Ireland. Recent American appearances included St. Thomas Church, New York City; the Cathedral of St. Paul in Pittsburgh; College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts; and the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. She was invited to return to the the N.P. Mander Organ Series at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in September 2011, presenting the world premiere of Mannahatta, a new organ piece she commissioned from organist-composer David Briggs. She will present a lecture-recital on the life and works of Jehan Alain in February 2012 for the annual President’s Day Conference of the New York City Chapter – American Guild of Organists.
Ms. Louprette has collaborated with a number of acclaimed New York City ensembles including the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, 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 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 member of the Executive Board of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Chair of the Chapter’s International Performer of the Year committee. She previously served as Dean of the Greater Hartford, Connecticut Chapter AGO.