-The American Organist Magazine


Concert Organist

Dr. Simone Gheller was born in Padua (Italy) in 1978. After graduation from high school, he received four Master's Degrees in Piano, Organ Performance & Organ Composition, Music Education, and Choral Music & Choral Conducting. He also received a Doctorate in Organ and Organ Composition, Magna Cum Laude. 

He has participated in many sacred music seminars, Choral Music and Choir Conducting as well as organ master classes of M-L Langlais, W. Matesic, K. Schnorr, J. Artigas Pina, Marie-Claire Alain and others, and studied at Vienna University with Michael Radulescu and Roman Summereder. In 2007 and 2008 he received two "Medaille d'Or en Superieur d'Interpretation" with Eric Lebrun at the Conservatoire National de Paris. Dr. Gheller studied also at Oberlin College (Ohio, USA) with Professor James David Christie and Olivier Latry, where he finished a prestigious program (the Artist Diploma- a great distinction in music) focusing the study on Sacred Music, Choir conducting and organ performance. He started to play the piano at 5 and the organ at 9. He became a Liturgical Organist at the age of 9 and Music Director and Choir Conductor at 13 playing the organ and conducting the choir at his parish. He was organist at First Church in Oberlin (OH) from 2009 to 2011. 

From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Gheller was Music Director, Choirmaster and Organist at St. Joseph Church in Wilmette (Chicago). Currently, Dr. Simone Gheller is Music Director, Choirmaster and Organist at St. Jerome Church in Oconomowoc, WI, USA. At this parish he’s leading the music ministry playing all masses, Organ & Choir concerts and conducting four choirs: adult choir, children’s choir, Handbells choir and the school choir. He’s also professor of piano and organ at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee and the new accompanist of Waukesha Choral Union. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists since 2009.


Dr. Gheller has an extensive performing history spanning the last 30 years, with concerts in prestigious locations in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and America among others. He had a concert tour in Brazil in 2001. He performed in concert the complete works of Percy Whitlock, Cesar Franck, Julius Reubke and Felix Mendelssohn. He has garnered many prizes, including first prize at the National Italian Organ competition “Citta' di Viterbo” in four of the six years between 1995 and 2000, first prize and gold medal from the President of Italian Republic at the Giarda National Organ Competition, first prize at the International Organ Competition Vegezzi Bossi in 2000, first prize, audience prize and two special prizes at the International Organ Competition “Grand Prix Andrè Marchal” in Biarritz (2007).

Mr. Gheller has recorded four CDs: Fiori Musicali by Girolamo Frescobaldi, The Complete Choral Works with Organ by Alessandro Scarlatti for the Tactus label, the Orgelbuchlein by J.S. Bach and music by Liszt and Reubke for the Onclassical Label.

“...Dazzling virtuosity coupled with keenly styled renderings...”

-The American Organist Magazine

Simone Gheller