The Connecticut Choral Society is delighted to have Eric Dale Knapp as our Artistic
Director and Conductor. This is Mr. Knapp’s fifth season with the Connecticut Choral
Society. He was Associate Conductor and Accompanist for three years.
Eric Dale Knapp is a dynamic conductor whose commitment and energy empower the musicians
he leads to give performances that stir the souls of his audiences. Maestro Knapp’s
mastery of the repertoire spans the full spectrum, from fresh yet authentic interpretations
of traditional works to visionary performances of multimedia works of the new millennium.
A versatile musical leader, equally adept with classics and pops, Knapp’s finely
honed ability to communicate through both gesture and speech place him at the forefront
of the rising conductors of his generation. Mr. Knapp has enjoyed success in music
education at all levels: church music, collegiate teaching, and with professional
choral and orchestral organizations. He has conducted at distinctive concert halls
worldwide, including Carnegie Hall (New York), the Sydney Opera House, Shanghai’s
Oriental Arts Center, The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles), Dvorák
Hall (Prague), Vienna’s famed Musikverein, and Southwark Cathedral in London.
Mr. Knapp is also Artistic Director and Conductor of the New Jersey Choral Society
and Orchestra, which he has led to critical acclaim both in the United States and
abroad. He is Principal Conductor of the New American Festival Symphony Orchestra
at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Knapp is the founder and Music Director of Orchestra de Camerata
at the Salisbury House in Des Moines, Iowa, where he also serves as Artistic Director
of Chamber Music. For 13 years he served as Music Director and Senior Organist at
Faith Lutheran Church in Des Moines.
Honors for Mr. Knapp include the Drake Award for career development and the subsequent
appointment as a Drake Fellow for graduate study in conducting. He is a graduate
of Drake University and has studied at The Juilliard School. Mr. Knapp is based in
New York City and is represented by Wade Artist Management - NY, NY.