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 of both the Master Chorale of South Florida & Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Karlin leads over 250 singers through choral-orchestral masterworks and prepares the choirs for collaborative performances with other artists and ensembles, including The Cleveland Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman, Andrea Bocelli, and Kristin Chenoweth, among many others.
Now entering his sixth season with Master Chorale of South Florida, Karlin will conduct the 120-voice chorus, orchestra, and guest artists through classical monoliths—Haydn’s Creation, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Berlioz’ Te Deum—as well as a commissioned work by leading American composer, Dominick DiOrio, and lighter fare for a Holiday Pops program. As the new artistic director of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Karlin will prepare the Chorale for several masterworks and pops concerts with The Florida Orchestra and lead the ensemble in two performances – Christmas with the Master Chorale, a program of holiday favorites inspired by the Chorale’s critically acclaimed recording, and a 40th Anniversary Concert that will include performances in the Tampa Bay area, as well as a concert tour to New York City for the ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut.
In addition to these appointments, Karlin has previously held the positions of music director for the Broward Symphony Orchestra, chorus master for Florida Grand Opera, and mentored the next generation of classical musicians as the director of Florida’s Singing Sons and Seraphic Fire’s Miami Choral Academy. Karlin has also maintained guest conducting engagements with a variety of choral, orchestral, and academic ensembles, including The Symphonia, Lynn Philharmonia, and several All-County/Honor Choir ensembles.
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." Most recently, he prepared the ensemble for 12 performances of A Seraphic Fire Christmas during the 2017-18 Season.
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 (HIP), Karlin can be found tuning harpsichords and listening to J.S. Bach when not working with ensembles.