Dr. Jeffrey Blersch is Associate Professor of Music and University Organist at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, where he teaches studio organ, courses in organ improvisation, service playing, and organ literature, and is the conductor of the Concordia Singers. Dr. 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. He has studied organ with Roberta Gary, Garth Peacock, and Marilyn Mason, organ improvisation with Haskell Thomson, and choral conducting with Herbert Henke and Daniel Moe.
Prior to his appointment at Concordia, Dr. Blersch has served as Cantor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Peoria, IL, Associate Professor of Music and Music Department Chair at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI, and as an elementary music specialist in the Brunswick City Schools, Brunswick, Ohio.
Dr. Blersch has been actively involved in church music since being appointed organist of Peace Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, at age eight. Dr. Blersch regularly performs recitals and hymn festivals across the United States and is best known for his creative hymn interpretations. He is a distinguished teacher, having received numerous honors and awards, including being listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who in America. In addition, Dr. Blersch is a published author and composer of organ and choral works. Dr. Blersch and his wife Carla, also an organist, have three children, Aaron, Ryan, and Jenna.