Jeffrey Blersch

Jeffrey Blersch

Professor of Music

Music Department
University Organist

Office: Music Center 118
Office phone: 402-643-7379
Email: Jeffrey.Blersch@cune.edu

Profile

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, 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.

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.

Education

D.M.A., University of Michigan
B.Mus., M.M.T., Oberlin College Conservatory of Music

Courses taught

Organ, Music Theory, Arranging and Orchestration, Women's Chorale

Other

Published compositions (with Concordia Publishing House):

Organ

Partita on “Voices Raised to You We Offer” (2013)
Musica Sacra, volume 8 (2013)
Partita on NETTLETON:  Come, Thou Font of Every Blessing (2011)
On Christmas Night:  8 Carols for Organ (2010)
On Easter Morn:  4 Preludes for Organ (2010)
Tryptich on “Holy, Holy, Holy” (2008)
Introductions, Harmonizations, Accompaniments, Interpretations, volume 6 (2012)
Introductions, Harmonizations, Accompaniments, Interpretations, volume 5 (2008)
Introductions, Harmonizations, Accompaniments, Interpretations, volume 4 (2007)
Introductions, Harmonizations, Accompaniments, Interpretations, volume 3 (2006)
Introductions, Harmonizations, Accompaniments, Interpretations, volume 2 (2005)
Introductions, Harmonizations, Accompaniments, Interpretations, volume 1 (2005)
A Thousand Voices: 7 Hymn Preludes for Organ, volume 3 (2007)
A Thousand Voices: 7 Hymn Preludes for Organ, volume 2 (2006)
A Thousand Voices: 7 Hymn Preludes for Organ, volume 1 (2005)
Variations on “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” (2004)
Fanfare and Procession (1998)
 
Choral

Hosanna! Blessed is He (2013), SATB, children’s choir, piano
Peace I Leave With You (2011), SAB, piano
Dearest Jesus, We Are Here (2008), SATB, flute, organ
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (2007), SATB, flute, piano
O Sons and Daughters of the King (2006), 2-part, flute, percussion, piano
Children Rejoice and Sing: Anthems for Children’s Choir, volume 2 (2006), 2-part, piano
Children Rejoice and Sing: Anthems for Children’s Choir, volume 1 (2005), 2-part, piano
Holy Spirit, Light Divine (2005), SATB, flute, piano
The O Antiphons of Advent (2004), 2-part mixed, handbells, organ
Christ First in Everything (1997), SATB, organ
Alleluia Verses for the Liturgical Year (1997), set 1-2, SATB, organ
Lamb of God (1996), SATB, oboe, organ
 
Hymn Concertatos

Voices Raised to You We Offer (2012), SATB, brass quartet, timpani, congregation, organ
Beautiful Savior (2011), SATB, violin, congregation, organ 
The Holy Word of God Endures Forever (2010), SATB, trumpet, timpani, congregation, organ
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (2009), SATB, brass quartet, percussion, congregation, organ
Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying (2009), Brass quartet, percussion, congregation, organ
Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds (2007), SATB, trumpet, percussion, congregation, organ
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (2007), SATB, brass quartet, percussion, congregation, organ
Crown Him with Many Crowns (2005), SATB, brass quartet, percussion, congregation, organ 
Water, Blood, and Spirit Crying (2005), SATB, trumpet, timpani, congregation, organ
Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor (1997), SATB, congregation, organ

Compositions and Arrangements for Women’s Chorus:

Ave Verum Corpus (Wolfgang A. Mozart, arr. J. Blersch)
Easter Anthem (William Billings, arr. J. Blersch)
For Unto us A Child is Born (George Frederic Handel, arr. J. Blersch)
If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments (Thomas Tallis, arr. J. Blersch)
Lord, for Thy Tender Mercies’ Sake (Richard Farrant, arr. J. Blersch)
The Manger Throne (J. Blersch)