Dr. Jeffrey Blersch
Professor of Music, Concordia University Organist
“Bachathon 2016 – Music of J.S. Bach”
Organ Recital – Music Center Recital Hall
3:00 PM November 13, 2016
|Jeffrey Blersch is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he received degrees in organ performance and music education, and of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance. His principal teachers have included Roberta Gary, Garth Peacock, and Marilyn Mason.
Prior to his appointment at Concordia, Dr. Blersch served as Cantor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Peoria, Ill., Associate Professor of Music at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich, and as an elementary music specialist in the Brunswick City Schools, Brunswick, Ohio. Blersch has been an active church musician since being appointed organist of Peace Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, at age eight. Best known for his creative hymn interpretations, he regularly performs recitals and hymn festivals across the United States. Recent appearances have included hymn festivals at The Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, and conventions of the American Guild of Organists, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
Blersch is also an active composer; over one hundred of his compositions and collections are published exclusively with Concordia Publishing House and four of his original hymn tunes are included in Lutheran Service Book. He has produced two compact disc recordings of his original works: Resounding Alleluias and On Christmas Night, the latter of which was recorded on Concordia’s Casavant organ.
Dr. Blersch also serves as an organist and choir director at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Staplehurst, Neb. He and his wife Carla, also an organist, have three children, Aaron, Ryan, and Jenna.