Conductor, composer and keyboardist Kenneth Dake has served as Director of Music of New York City’s historic Marble Collegiate Church since 1996. A native of Chicago, Mr. Dake attended Interlochen Center for the Arts before moving to New York and earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from The Juilliard School as a student of Sascha Gorodnitzki. Following graduation he pursued organ studies under the tutelage of John Weaver, who was then chair of the organ departments of both Juilliard and the Curtis Institute of Music. Mr. Dake went on to serve for eight years as organist/choirmaster of St. George’s Church Episcopal Church on Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Square, where he conducted the 100-voice St. George’s Choral Society. Known for his technical virtuosity and communicative passion, Mr. Dake is equally at home as organ recitalist or piano soloist, and his collaborative sensitivity has placed him in frequent demand as keyboard accompanist. His debut organ CD, Prayers and Alleluias was released in 2010 on the Dorian record label.
Under Kenneth Dake’s direction The Marble Choir has earned a reputation as one of America’s finest professional vocal ensembles. In addition to their latest recording, it’s about love, The Marble Choir formerly released two CDs to wide acclaim: With Many Voices (A Celebration of American Sacred Music) and Songs of Simple Faith (dedicated to the late Dr. Arthur Caliandro). Each recording features many of Mr. Dake’s compositions and imaginative arrangements of American folk hymns and spirituals, showcasing the choir’s extraordinary versatility. His choral and instrumental works are published by MorningStar, GIA, and Kjos, and are performed nationwide with increasing frequency.