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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 Music and 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, and Worcester. He has presented master classes at the Eastman School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, Drake University, Furman University, University of Alabama, University of Iowa, Westminster Choir College, Walla Walla College, and for countless AGO chapters around the United States. 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 and European conservatories. Click here to download the table of contents and an excerpt from Breaking Free. In progress, a second volume titled, A World of Possibilities: Master Lessons in Improvisation. Click here to download an excerpt.

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

Upcoming Events

+Saturday, September 23, Improvisation Masterclass at Ithaca College (time, tba)
+Sunday, October 29, 3 p.m. Singing City in concert. Keneseth Israel Synagogue. Bernstein "Chichester Psalms", Whitacre "Five Hebrew Love Songs" and more (conducting)
+Sunday, November 5, 10 a.m. Faure "Requiem" (conducting)
+Sunday, November 12, 2 p.m. Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church staff singers recital (pianist)
+Sunday, December 10, 3 p.m. Bach "Magnificat" and "Christmas Oratorio (Part I) with Sanctuary Choir and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (conducting)
+Sunday, January 28, 2 p.m. Two-piano concert with pianist Laura Ward
+Sunday, February 25, 2:30; Monday, February 26, 8 p.m. Kimmel Center, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (conductor and harpsichord soloist). Works of Rameau, C.P.E. Bach, and J.S. Bach. Tickets and info.

+Sunday, May 6, 3 p.m. Singing City and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Arvo Part "Stabat Mater; Ola Gjeilo "Sunrise Mass", John Tavener "Song for Athene" (conducting

 

 

 

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

The American Organist