main navigation bar - top row

main navigation bar - bottom row

main menu

Jehan Alain Centennial Recordings


Works of Jehan Alain (1911-1940) recorded on the organs of the University of Michigan by students of James Kibbie in honor of the centennial of the composer’s birth


Aria (1938)

Click the play button above to listen to audio stream.

E.M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Hill Auditorium

Joseph Balistreri

Graduate student in Organ Performance


BalistreriJoseph Balistreri, a native of Detroit, Michigan, began piano study at age 7. His principal piano and organ teacher was Pierre Toucheque, a student of Flor Peeters and Marcel Dupré.  At age 16, Joe was appointed Director of Music at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Detroit, a position he still holds. Joe won the University of Michigan Undergraduate Organ Scholarship Competition, receiving a four-year full-tuition scholarship to the school. In his senior year, Joe completed a translation project and recording assistantship in Germany with Professor James Kibbie, his organ instructor.  He now is working towards a Masters Degree in Organ Performance with Dr. Kibbie. In his spare time, Joe enjoys cycling, cooking, surveying architecture, Detroit politics and composing. Joe is particularly proud of creating the St. Jude Organ Restoration Project, a community-building, fundraising series of organ recitals supporting the restoration and upkeep of the 75-rank Pilzecker organ of St. Jude Church, Detroit.


Sketch by Jehan Alain: Miserere Deus (Psalm 150)

main navigation bar - top row

main navigation bar - bottom row

Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower