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

+Wednesday, October 14, 7 p.m. Solo recital, Highland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster
+Saturday, October 17, 2 p.m. Kimmel Center. Concert with Canadian Brass
+Sunday, November 1, 10 a.m. Maurice Durufle's "Requiem". Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church (conducting)
+Sunday, November 8, 3 p.m. Singing City Fall concert (Jennifer Higdon's "Southern Grace", Carol Barnett's "The World Beloved", John Conahan's "Philadelphia Fanfare" (World premiere)
+Sunday, December 13, 10 a.m. Bach Cantata 62, "Nun komm der heiden Heiland". Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr Chamber Singers (conducting)
+Sunday, January 31, 2 p.m. Jeffrey Brillhart and Laura Ward, two-pianos
+Saturday, February 27, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, February 28, 2:30 p.m. Francis Poulenc's "Organ Concerto" and Camille Saint-SaŽns' "Organ Symphony" with the Des Moines Symphony
+Sunday, March 13, 3 p.m. Sanctuary Choir and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Handel's "Dixit Dominus" and Mozart's "Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K 339". Conducting


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

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