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 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

+ March 22, 4 p.m. Jeffrey Brillhart conducts Stephen Paulus' "To be Certain of the Dawn." Bryn Mawr choirs, joined by the choirs of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

+ Friday, April 10, 7:00 PM Organ Recital by Jeffrey Brillhart The Presbyterian Church in Morristown 57 E. Park Place Morristown, NJ 07960

+ Organ Improvisation Masterclass Saturday, April 11, 10:00 AM The Presbyterian Church in Morristown 57 E. Park Place Morristown, NJ 07960

+ Sunday, April 19, 3:00 pm "I'll make me a World". A collaborative concert bringing Lyric Fest together with Singing City for musically eclectic, thought provoking look at our world. This concert will be an exploration of the gifts of natural world, the art that reflects those gifts, and the bounty and need that live side by side in the 21st century experience. With Timothy Jones, Elizabeth Weigle and Chrystal Williams, Singing City directed by Jeffrey Brillhart, Laura Ward, piano, and percussion ensemble. Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square.

+ Monday, June 29, 5:00 p.m. New Haven AGO Regional Convention Workshop: Organ Improvisation: A World of Possibilities .




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

The American Organist