Bruce Neswick


  • Singing the Psalms: A Variety of Approaches
    808 Howell St
    July 7 @ 9:00 am
    The world of church music offers up an endless array of choices for how our congregations and choirs might sing the psalms. In this workshop, we will touch on (and lend our voices to) the gamut of these musical opportunities. Together we will examine all kinds of approaches, traditional and modern -- from plainchant to metrical psalmody, from Anglican Chant through various kinds of responsorial psalmody. Be prepared to have your musical horizons expanded!
  • Sing to the Lord a New Song: The Art of Service-Playing
    911 Stewart St
    July 6 @ 9:00 am
    Playing the liturgy is central to our work as organists. It is our bread and butter, the source of most of our compositional and improvisational activity -- past, present and future -- and the principal means by which we connect with our flocks. Together we will explore different techniques for enlivening our work in this all-important area, taking into consideration matters of color, style, tempi, line, phrasing and structure. Bring your organ shoes, if you think you'd like to give some of these various ideas a try!

Bruce Neswick

Bruce Neswick is the Canon for Music at Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, having come from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he was Associate Professor of Organ.  Prior to joining the faculty at IU, Mr. Neswick was the Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City, where he had oversight of the musical life of that historic church.  

Active in the field of church music, Mr. Neswick holds Fellowship degrees from the American Guild of Organists and the Royal School of Church Music, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the South (Sewanee, TN) in 2016.  He has conducted dozens of summer camps and festivals for boy and girl choristers and has been commissioned to compose for performers and churches throughout North America.  

Mr. Neswick’s skill at improvisation garnered him three first prizes from the 1989 San Anselmo Organ Festival; the 1990 American Guild of Organists’ national convention in Boston; and the 1992 Rochette Concours at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland.  

As a recitalist, Mr. Neswick has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe and has been a frequent performer at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. In 1994, he played the opening convocation for the national AGO convention held in Dallas, Texas, and he was a featured artist at national AGO conventions in Seattle (2000), Washington, DC (2010) and Boston (2014).  

He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and Yale University’s School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, and his organ teachers have included Robert Baker, David Dahl, Margaret Irwin-Brandon, Gerre Hancock, and Lionel Rogg.  

Bruce Neswick is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.