Jeffrey Brillhart

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Lecturer in Organ Improvisation

Jeffrey Brillhart has performed throughout the United States, Brazil, South Africa, and Europe as conductor and organist and is known for his musical versatility. He was awarded first place at the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation in 1994. Mr. Brillhart is director of music and fine arts at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, where he oversees music, education, and arts programs that involve more than several hundred children, youth, and adults each week. He is also music director of Philadelphia’s acclaimed Singing City Choir, one of the first integrated community choirs in the United States. At Singing City he follows a distinguished line of conductors that includes Elaine Brown and Joseph Flummerfelt. Under his direction, his choral ensembles have performed with the Kronos Quartet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Symphony in C, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Bobbie McFerrin, Dave Brubeck, Helmuth Rilling, and Rossen Milanov, and on tours to Cuba, Northern Ireland, Brazil, Germany, Russia, the Balkans, and South Africa. Mr. Brillhart maintains an active schedule as conductor, organist, competition adjudicator, and clinician, most recently at the Kimmel Center (with Canadian Brass and TenThing), Curtis Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, Furman University, Walla Walla College, and Baylor University. His organ improvisation textbook, Breaking Free: Finding a Personal Language for Organ Improvisation through 20th-Century French Improvisation Techniques, was published by Wayne Leupold Editions in 2011. A second textbook, A World of Possibilities: Master Lessons in Improvisation is in final editing. His choral and organ compositions are published by Hope Publishing and EC Schirmer. He was recently awarded the 2016 Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence, presented by the Pennsylvania American Choral Directors. Upcoming engagements include guest conductor and harpsichord soloist with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in an all-Baroque program (Rameau and Bach) in Kimmel Center (2018).

B.M. Drake University; M.M. Eastman School of Music

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Expertise: 
Choral Conducting
Composition
Harpsichord
Instrumental Conducting
Organ
Sacred Music