The American conductor, Kenneth Knight, received his Bachelor of Arts in music theory from Yale University, where he was a soloist with the Yale Glee Club and the Whiffenpoofs. After graduate study in voice, musicology, and conducting at the Manhattan School of Music, he toured for several seasons with the Norman Luboff Choir. He has also sung with the Roger Wagner Chorale,
Gregg Smith Singers, Don Ellis Band, Los Angeles Master Chorale, American Bach Soloists, and
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chorus.
In 1987, Kenneth Knight was chosen to be principal cantor for papal masses at the Los Angeles Coliseum and Dodger Stadium on the occasion of the visit of Pope John Paul II. In California, he was director of music for eight years at St. Clareís Catholic Church in Santa Clarita and for five years at Petaluma United Methodist Church. He is also the founding director of the Sonoma County Menís Chorus.
Kenneth Knight is founding artistic director and conductor of Canticum Novum Chamber Orchestra & Chorus based in Sante Fe, New Mexico. A resident of Santa Fe since 2001, he has also directed the Zia Singers and the Santa Fe Menís Camerata.