Amuse Singers & Les Demoiselles de Notre Dame

Friday, February 14, 2014

Renée Anne Louprette, Music Director


A Feast for Our Lady

Marian chant, motets and masses in honor of Mary with string quartet, flute, organ and percussion.


Works from the Llibre Vermell, Gregorian chant and motets of Byrd, Charpentier, Verdi and Poulenc.




Jehan Alain: Messe Modale

with string quartet and flute


Francis Poulenc: Litanies

Nancianne Parrella, organist


Time:              7:30 pm

Tickets:          $20 at the door


About Amuse:


Amuse Too is an outgrowth of Amuse, a small ensemble founded by Lee Ryder in the fall of 2003 to bring music written for women’s voices to New York audiences. An often overlooked area of choral literature, this repertory comprises serious works by a wide variety of composers throughout the last twelve centuries. Writing in The New York Times, Allan Kozinn said, “This choir’s real magic is in its delicate balance of serenity and intensity...a pure transparent tone and solid ensemble.” Amuse Too offers highly skilled singers the chance to work one on a part and to become better musicians.

In the summer of 2004, Amuse participated in the US premiere of John Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple, the closing work of the Lincoln Center Festival.  During past seasons, Amuse has also toured in Massachusetts under the baton of its first music director, Barbara Bruns, performing a variety of concerts in Rockport, Andover and Brookline.

In January 2007, Amuse performed a program of sacred works on the Sunday afternoon series at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church with guest conductors Nancianne Parrella and Andrew Henderson. Their September 2007 program, Wholly Holy, was the opening concert of the New York Early Music Celebration.

In March 2009, members of Amuse joined the women of the Parish Choir at St. Ignatius Loyola to sing the chants in a collaborative performance of François Couperin’s Messe pour les couvents with Renée Anne Louprette, organist. June 2009 saw some Amuse members joining the Dessoff Symphonic Choir for performances of Britten’s War Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Lorin Maazel for the maestro’s concluding two performances of his tenure with the Philharmonic. Also that same year, Amuse was presented on the Serenade Concert series at the historic Christ Church on Staten Island.

Amuse’s seventh season began in January 2010 with Part-Song; Part Piano, a program of songs for women’s voices and piano as part of the Music on Madison series at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. In May 2010, Amuse made its debut with the Oratorio Society of New York in a cameo role in Mendelssohn’s Paulus under the baton of Kent Tritle at Carnegie Hall.


About Renée Anne Louprette, Music Director

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.