Artistic Director


BrettBrett Karlin

is the artistic director of Florida Singing Sons and the Master Chorale of South Florida. Karlin formerly taught choir and music literacy to students of the Miami Choral Academy, a tuition-free after school program serving elementary students and their families in economically disadvantaged communities of Miami-Dade County. Prior to these appointments, Karlin conducted choirs and taught voice at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL. During his two years at HCC, Karlin doubled the choral department’s enrollment and stage directed and conducted the college’s first opera and oratorio performances.

Karlin has worked with a variety of ensembles from large symphonic choirs to twelve-voice, professional chamber choirs. 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. Recently, Karlin was involved in another 2012 Grammy nominated recording project – a recording of the London version of Brahm’s Ein Deutches Requiem as assistant chorus master and singer for the Professional Choral Institute, which was nominated for “Best Choral Performance.”

From 2012-2013, Karlin was the assistant conductor for The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. In this position he annually guest conducted on the Florida Orchestra’s subscription series concerts to lead the premiere of The Master Chorale’s annual composition competition winner. During the 2011-12 season, he assisted with the preparation of the Chorale for a Naxos label recording of Frederick Delius’ Seadrift and Appalachia.

Karlin holds a Bachelor of Arts in voice from Florida State University and Master of Music degree from University of South Florida. An avid lover of music from the Baroque era and HIP (historically informed performance), Karlin can be found tuning harpsichords and listening to J.S. Bach when not working with choirs.