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 University of Alabama, Furman University, 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. 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.
October 6, 2 p.m. Solo organ
recital. Liszt "Fantasy on BACH", Vierne "Les Angelus", Franck "Chorale in E major", Reubke "Sonata on Psalm 94". Bryn Mawr
November 3, 10 a.m. Faure "Requiem".
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian
November 17, 4 p.m. Solo organ
recital. First Christian Church, Des Moines, Iowa
November 24. Singing City in
January 19, 2014. Kimmel
Center, Verizon Hall.
Soloist with Chamber
Orchestra of Philadelphia