ERIC DALE KNAPP, Artistic Director and Conductor, celebrating his 12th season with the New Jersey Choral Society in 2016-17, 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 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, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Connecticut Choral Society. 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.