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.

Upcoming Events

+ October 12, 2 p.m. Singing City presents world premiere's of works by Andrew Bleckner and Evan Solot (conducting)

+ November 3, 10 a.m. Rutter "Requiem". Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

+ November 9, 7:30 p.m. Singing City presents motets of Anton Bruckner and Gabriel Faure's "Requiem" with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (conducting)

+ November 16. Improvisation Workshop for New Haven AGO (time TBA)

+ December 7, 4 p.m. Advent Lessons and Carols at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church (conducting)

+ January 25, 2 p.m. Laura Ward and Jeffrey Brillhart, two-piano recital. Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

+ February 8, 2 p.m. Jeffrey Brillhart and Edward Landin, organists, with guest soloists. Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

+ March 22, 4 p.m. Jeffrey Brillhart conducts Stephen Paulus's "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.




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

The American Organist