“This was an intelligently thought-out, well-performed concert, of the kind that Karlin seems most well-suited to. His energy, enthusiasm and deep belief in what he’s doing, plus the fine results he’s getting from his chorale, suggest that the two have a long and fruitful future together, and that’s good news for listeners in South Florida.”
— Greg Stepanich, Palm Beach ArtsPaper

Brett Karlin, Artistic Director and Conductor

Leading performances praised as “intense, richly detailed…polished and well-crafted” (Miami Herald), “finely nuanced and expressive” (South Florida Classical Review), and “integrating choral and instrumental sonorities with clarity and impact” (Palm Beach ArtsPaper), Brett Karlin is quickly establishing himself as a dynamic conductor of choral-orchestral masterworks. Having worked with a wide variety of ensembles, Karlin is a passionate performer of large-scale symphonic masterpieces, while equally at home with historically informed performances of distinctive Baroque repertoire. 

As the artistic director and conductor of the Master Chorale of South Florida, Karlin leads 120 singers through choral-orchestral masterworks and prepares the chorus for collaborative performances with other artists and ensembles that have included The Cleveland Orchestra and Russian National Orchestra.  This season, he leads the Master Chorale, orchestra, and guest artists through classical monoliths—Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem—as well as lighter fare for a program featuring selections from Broadway musicals.  He also will prepare the ensemble to sing with world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli in his Miami performance.

Karlin also serves as music director of the Broward Symphony Orchestra, a musical institution celebrating its 51st season of vibrant, inspiring performances of the symphonic repertoire. The 2017-18 Season will include four concert series featuring a diverse amount of repertoire from Handel and Vivaldi to Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.  

In addition to these appointments, Karlin has maintained guest conducting engagements with a variety of choral and orchestral ensembles, including the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and The Symphonia, held the position of chorus master for Florida Grand Opera, and mentored the next generation of classical musicians as the artistic director of Florida’s Singing Sons, an internationally renowned, award-winning youth choir. 

In 2009, he became the assistant conductor for Seraphic Fire, where he assisted with the ensemble’s critically acclaimed and 2012 Grammy-nominated CD, A Seraphic Fire Christmas. Karlin also served as assistant chorus master and singer for the Professional Choral Institute's recording of the London version of Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem, which received a 2012 Grammy nomination for "Best Choral Performance." 

Karlin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Voice from Florida State University and Master of Music from University of South Florida. An avid lover of music from the Baroque era and historically informed performance, Karlin can be found tuning harpsichords and listening to J.S. Bach when not working with ensembles.