Musica Sacra is a professional chorus founded in New
York’s Central Presbyterian Church in 1964 by the conductor Dr.
Richard Westenburg and is the city’s longest continuously performing
ensemble of its type.
In the 1970s it became an independent ensemble and
began giving performances at acclaimed venues such as Lincoln Center, the
Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall. Also during the late 1970s Richard
Westenburg began the chorus’s Basically Bach Festivals, which are
held at Lincoln Center.
They took on Kent Tritle as an associate conductor in
2006 and following the passing of Richard Westenburg in early 2008 he
assumed the position of the music director and has since led them in all
The chorus has been acclaimed for their performances
in many genres of music ranging from renaissance chant to
contemporary. They are renowned
for their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah and their
numerous recordings include many holiday recordings and works by Hildegard
von Bingen, Brahms, Messaien and Verdi among others.
Musica Sacra Recordings
Baloo Lammy (Traditional Scottish)
D. G. 429 732-2 (CD: Christmas Carols & Motets)
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