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"Played with clarity and poise."

-The Harvard Crimson

"How marvelous it is when scholarship and art join together and are manifested in an outpouring of pure artistic expression."

-Micheal Varlas, Concert Presenter 


Concert organist amplifying music composed by women

Dr. Joy-Leilani Garbutt is an organist, musicologist, and an ardent advocate for gender-equity in the field of music. She is the co-founder of Boulanger Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting music composed by women through performance, education, and commissions. 


Joy-Leilani is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and spent a year in France pursuing research on early 20th-century French organ music by female composers. 

She holds a Ph.D. in musicology, a Master of Education degree from The Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Master of Music in organ performance from Northwestern University, where she served as Organ Scholar for the Alice Millar Chapel. 

She has studied with Dr. Jeremy Filsell, Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin, Douglas Cleveland, and Christa Rakich. She currently serves as the Director of Music at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, San Francisco.  


In addition to solo recitals, lectures, and workshops in the U.S. and France, Joy-Leilani has performed with the New England Youth Ensemble in England, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico. 

-The American Organist Magazine

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