Jeffrey Brillhart is Director of Music and Fine Arts at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA and on the music faculty at Yale University, where he teaches organ improvisation. He is also Artistic Director of Philadelphia's famed Singing City Choir. A native of Iowa, his teachers include organists Carl B. Staplin, Arthur Poister, Russell Saunders, and pianist Barbara Lister-Sink. Further studies with Olivier Latry and Philippe Lefebvre in organ improvisation led to his winning first prize in the American Guild of Organists' National Competition in Organ Improvisation in 1994.

His organ, teaching, and conducting engagements have taken him throughout America, Europe and South America, with engagements in Paris, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, Birmingham, Waco, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York City, Iowa City, Des Moines, Walla Walla, and Worcester. He has presented master classes at the Eastman School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Drake Universiy, Furman University, University of Alabama, and Westminster Choir College. His improvisation textbook, Breaking Free: Finding a Personal Voice for Improvisation through 20th Century French Improvisation Techniques, was published by Wayne Leupold Editions in November 2011 and is in wide use in American Conservatories and Europe. Click here to download the table of contents and an excerpt from Breaking Free.

Jeffrey Brillhart is available for solo recitals, conducting engagements, repertoire masterclasses and masterclasses on organ improvisation. More information.

Upcoming Events

+Sunday, December 11, 4 p.m. Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. BMPC choirs with Philadelphia Brass. Conducting
+Sunday, December 18, 3 p.m. Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square Singing City Choir and Allen Krantz, classical guitar. Conducting
+Sunday, January 22, 2 p.m. Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Harpsichord Recital, in collaboration with Edward Landin
+January 28-29, Singing City with Lyric Fest. Conducting
+February 4, 3:30 p.m. Improvised Organ Recital at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York, New Yok
+Wednesday, March 29, 8 p.m. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center. Organ recital with tenThing Brass Ensemble
+Sunday, April 14, 7 p.m. Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Recital: Dupre Stations of the Cross


"...that Brillhart was the winner was unquestionable..."

The American Organist