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Rob Hlebinsky holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organ Performance with an emphasis in church music from Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music where he studied with Dr. Marilyn Keiser. He has also studied privately with Dr. Jonathan Biggers, Dr. David Craighead, Mr. John Erickson and Mr. Bill Evans.

Currently the organist and handbell director at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Haven, MI, Hlebinsky has also served churches in Indiana, Florida, and Pennsylvania as an organist and choir director. He is the accompanist for the Spring Lake High School choral department and is both the vocal and orchestral director for the school’s musicals. He is also an active private instructor in both piano and organ.

Hlebinsky has been performing classical solo organ recitals throughout the U.S. since 2003. He has also performed in numerous collaborative concerts with other instrumentalists and organists. A regular performer in several concert series in the West Michigan area, he had the privilege of performing with the West Michigan Concert Winds, and in 2014 performed Josef Rheinberger’s Second Organ Concerto with the Shoreline Symphony of Muskegon, MI. Hlebinsky is an active member of the Lakeshore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists where he has been a featured performer and currently serves as the organizer of the chapter’s annual Halloween Pipes Spooktacular concert.

In addition to performing, Hlebinsky is passionate about bringing the pipe organ to new and diverse audiences and hopes to share organ music with as many people as possible. Although a classically trained musician, Hlebinsky’s own musical tastes span a wide range of musical genres and because of this he began to consider how to introduce organ music to a more far-reaching audience. Starting in 2014, Hlebinsky began to take a rather unconventional approach to organ music by selecting popular film music that is already broadly known and loved and arranging it for the organ. Over the past several years, he has developed a successful YouTube channel showcasing his arrangements of music that is widely recognizable and relatable to people of all ages and musical tastes. Being an avid Disney fan, Hlebinsky has focuses much of his arranging work on music that comes from both live-action and animated blockbusters such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Beauty and the Beast. Due to the wide ranging appeal of Disney movies and music, his all-Disney concerts have been highly sought after and well received by audiences. Through arrangements and collaborations featuring music familiar to video gamers, film buffs, fans of contemporary music, and those who appreciate the classics, Hlebinsky hopes to inspire a new generation of organists, both young and old.

Desiring to promote accessibility to the organ, Hlebinsky actively shares his passion, online and in person, with people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds. He has produced numerous videos aimed at demystifying the organ and making it more approachable to the average person. He is especially focused on encouraging aspiring organists and enabling those just getting started on the instrument to develop and refine their skills. He has created and taught several classes designed to help new musicians and presented a workshop on hymn playing for the Florida State Music Teachers Association. Currently, he is developing a series of online courses aimed at giving church organists of all skill levels the tools they need to successfully lead their congregations.

As a performer, Hlebinsky seeks to make a genuine connection with his audiences and share not just music, but stories and inspiration as well. To hear some of his work, please be sure to visit his YouTube channel:

www.YouTube.com/YensidOrganist

E-mail: yensidorganist@gmail.com

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Rob Hlebinsky