Jeffrey Brillhart, Artistic & Music Director
In June 1999, Jeffrey was appointed the fourth Musical and Artistic Director of Singing City, having served as Associate Director in the 1998-99 season, when he worked closely with then Music Director Joseph Flummerfelt. Mr. Brillhart provides artistic leadership for a rich program of concerts, educational instruction in local schools, and outreach to diverse communities. He directs the choir and oversees all aspects of Singing City’s musical initiatives. During his tenure with Singing City the choir has traveled to Cuba, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, the Balkans, and most recently, South Africa. Under his leadership, the choir has presented more than three-hundred concerts, collaborating with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Black Pearl Orchestra, and Symphony in C and with such internationally renowned artists as Helmuth Rilling, Dave Brubeck, Nick Page, Moses Hogan, Andre Thomas, Anton Armstrong, Weston Noble, Rossen Milanov, and Melanie DeMore. In April 2007, he conducted Singing City and Kronos Quartet at the Kimmel Center in the Philadelphia premiere of “Sun Rings”, an oratorio commissioned by NASA. In November 2016, he was awarded the Elaine Brown Prize for Choral Excellence by the ACDA-PA.
In May 2005, he was invited to join the music faculty of Yale University, where he teaches organ improvisation at the graduate level. His students at Yale have advanced to improvisation competitions in the United States and Europe and hold positions at major religious institutions throughout America and Europe.