Knox Sutterfield, Music Director
James Knox Sutterfield has conducted ensembles across the East Coast and in Italy, Austria, and the Czech Republic. A passionate educator, Knox’s work with students from primary school to university reflects his commitment not only to performing established repertoire but also to exploring and promoting lesser known works and new music. In addition to conducting The Kent Singers, Knox is Associate Artistic Director of Inspire: a Choir for Unity. Inspire is a New York City-based chamber choir dedicated to cultivating awareness of and action on diverse social issues through the power of song; Inspire’s community partners include Sing for Hope, the Bowery Mission, 350NYC, and Sandy Hook Promise. This season, Knox also helped prepare a coalition of singers from several choirs for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at the United Nations General Assembly in honor of the World War One Armistice centennial.
Knox’s previous posts include Director of Music at Trinity-Pawling, Director of the Marquand Chapel Choir at Yale Divinity School, and Assistant Conductor of the Yale Camerata, which he prepared for Helmuth Rilling, Gilbert Levine, David Hill, and Erwin Ortner. He was also a founding member and Assistant Conductor of the chamber choir Concordiae, in Greenville, South Carolina. A finalist in the 2011 ACDA National Student Conducting Competition, Knox was Assistant Conductor of the Furman University Men’s and Women’s Chorales as well as Student Conductor of the Furman Singers. During a semester at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy, Knox sang with and guest-conducted Insieme Vocale Vox Cordis.
An active choral performer, Knox has sung under Masaaki Suzuki, Helmuth Rilling, David Hill, Nicholas McGegan, Simon Carrington, and Erwin Ortner and with many orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Yale Philharmonia, Juilliard415, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and Greenville Symphony (SC).
Knox holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Yale University—where he studied conducting with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, David Hill, and Massaki Suzuki and voice with Judith Malafronte—and a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from Furman University—where he studied conducting with Hugh Floyd and Edvard Tchivzhel and voice with Trudy Fuller and Jill Feldman. Knox is an Academic and Career Advisor at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan.