Dr. Anthony Trecek-King
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Anthony Trecek-King has cultivated an international reputation as a choral conductor, scholar, pedagogue, and media personality. He is passionate about cultivating artistically excellent ensembles that explore socially relevant issues through emotionally immersive programs, challenging both artists and audiences to feel and think. Dr. Trecek-King has recently been appointed Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Activities at The Harrt School, University of Hartford.
Trecek-King’s performances have been heralded as “moving” and possessing a “surprising range of dynamics and depth of expression.” He enjoys cultivating all levels of vocal and instrumental musicians, from youth through professional, using a collaborative rehearsal style. His skill lies in bridging the gap between high art and humanity, drawing audiences into deeply moving performances through acute shaping, expression, and stagecraft, all without compromising sonic quality.
As a conductor and clinician Trecek-King has worked with a variety of artists and ensembles including Leslie Odom Jr., Melinda Doolittle, Seraphic Fire, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Simon Halsey, Yo Yo Ma, Roomful of Teeth, Cindy Blackman-Santana and NFL star Patrick Chung. He has led performances in world-renowned venues including Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Sydney Opera House. Ensembles under his direction were integral to projects that have won a Pulitzer Prize (Madam White Snake, Zhou Long), received a Grammy (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Boston Modern Orchestra Project), and earned the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from Presidential Committee on the Arts (Boston Children’s Chorus).
Trecek-King has earned international recognition working with choirs and orchestras throughout the world, including the University of Cologne Chamber Choir, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, members of the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, the Juvenil Schola Cantorum, the University Simón Bolívar, and Polifonija, a state chorus of Lithuania. He spent a semester in residence at the Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany as a guest conductor of both the choir and orchestra. In 2005 and 2006 Mr. Trecek-King was the only American selected to participated in both the Eric Ericson Masterclass (Netherlands), and the Eric Ericson Award, an international conducting competition (Sweden).
In addition to Trecek-King’s conducting work he hosted the choral music radio program “Together in Song” which aired on WCRB classical New England and WQXR radio in New York City and he has presented two talks and performance (2012 & 2014) for TEDx Boston. He is best known as host and coach for the Emmy nominated WGBH television series “Sing That Thing”, which can be watched online.
He holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the Florida State University, and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the Boston University. He currently lives in the Boston area with his partner Melanie and two cats.