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

+February 4, 3:30 p.m. Improvised Organ Recital at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York, New York
+Wednesday, March 29, 8:00 p.m. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center. Organ recital with tenThing Brass Ensemble. Works by Bach, Debussy, Durufl and Dupr. For tickets: Kimmel Center
+Sunday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Recital: Dupr Stations of the Cross
+Stay tuned for exciting announcements about the 2017-2018 season!



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

The American Organist