Music Director Eric Milnes

Eric Milnes

A native New Yorker, Eric Milnes has received critical acclaim for performances as conductor, organist and harpsichordist throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Recent appearances at major international festivals featured him at Regensburg, Potsdam and Bremen festivals, Germany, Utrecht Festival, Netherlands, Bruge Festival, Belgium, Lufthansa Festival, London, The Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, in Tokyo and Osaka, Early Music Festival, Bolivia, and at Salle Gaveau, Paris. North American performances include Mostly Mozart Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Santa Fe Festival, and as conductor with Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, New York Collegium, Montreal Festival,  Ottawa Festival, and at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, Boston, and the Glenn Gould Theater, Toronto. His discography features him on over fifty CD’s for the ATMA and PGM labels, including eight volumes of J. S. Bach sacred cantatas with Montreal Baroque under his direction.  His latest disc, directing Ensemble L’harmonie des Saisons,  Cuidades de Oro (sacred music from colonial New Spain) won the 2016 JUNO (Canadian Grammy) for the best Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance, and was named CD of the Month by Toccata Magazine (Germany). His disc of New Brandenburg Concertos was named CD of the Month by WQXR radio in New York. Handel’s Messiah under his direction was broadcast, live, coast to coast, on NPR’s Performance Today.  Eric is also a recording producer for labels such as Blue Heron (Boston) and ATMA Classique (Montreal). Eric was long-time Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Locust Valley, New York, and Director of the Trinity Consort, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon. He was recently awarded the Bishop’s Medal for Distinguished Service to the Episcopal Church. His degrees are from Columbia University and The Juilliard School, New York. He takes greatest pride in the accomplishments of his daughters Mary Leah (Vanderbilt University, ’15)  and Hannah (Columbia College, ’16).