Joseph Balistreri

DMA - Organ

Recognized for “especially moving” interpretation (The American Organist) and “impressive technique and bristling enthusiasm” (The Diapason), Joe Balistreri's organ performances include conventions, university conferences, and orchestral collaborations. Joe was named one of The Diapason’s inaugural “20 under 30”. In 2016, Joe was appointed visiting lecturer of Gregorian chant and organ at the University of Michigan.

From 2011 to 2021, Joe was Coordinator of Music Ministries for the Archdiocese of Detroit, serving as a resource and community facilitator for parish musicians and clergy. He also was Director of Music at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, where he was principal organist, directed the choirs, and lead the Cathedral Cultural Series. Joe had the pleasure of rebuilding the choral program and facilitating the historic 2017 Sistine Chapel Choir visit to Detroit. Joe is particularly proud of starting the Cathedral Choir Academy and the Schola Cantorum Detroitensis.

More recently, Joe was Musician-in-Residence at Christ Church Cranbrook. There, he served as organist, conductor, composer, and consultant to the church’s thriving music program.