New York Oratorio Society to Showcase Lyndon Woodside’s Forty-sixth Annual Oratorio-Solo Competition Concert

By Nicolas Quiroga

The New York Oratorio Society presents Lyndon Woodside’s Forty-sixth Annual Oratorio- Solo Competition Concert on April 15, 2023 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, under the direction of Music Director Kent Tritle.

Eight emerging classical music singers have been selected in this solo competition, which promotes the art of oratory singing so that they have the opportunity to emerge in their profession. They include soprano Elisse Albian; soprano Jessica Beebe; male soprano Elijah
McCormack; the mezzo-soprano Michelle Mariel Mariposa; countertenor Nicholas Burns; tenor Andrew Bearden Brown; baritone Edward Vogel and soprano Kendra Berentsen.

The singers will be accompanied by pianist Amir Farid, winner of the Australian National Piano Award and the music director will be Kent Tritle, who is also director of sacred music, organist of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, organist of the Philharmonic of New York and a distinguished panel of judges will select the winners to award cash prizes.

The program will present works by Handel, Mozart, Johnson, Mysliveck, Brahms, Bach, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi and Scarlatti.

Kent Tritle holds an undergraduate and graduate degree from The Juilliard School in organ performance and choral conducting and has received several awards and honors, including the Career Bridges Distinguished Achievement Award and the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service from the School of Manhattan music. He appeared on the radio and has been hailed and highlighted by the specialized press, including ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.