"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
Joy-Leilani Garbutt is the Director of Music at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, San Francisco. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and spent 2018-19 in France where she pursued research on early 20th-century French organ music by female composers, particularly Joséphine Boulay, Mel Bonis, Nadia Boulanger, Lili Boulanger, and Jeanne Demessieux. She is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology, and has mostly recently studied with Dr. Jeremy Filsell and Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer Choplin. In the spring of 2018 Joy-Leilani co-founded the Boulanger Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting music composed by women through performance, education, and commissions.
She holds 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. In addition to solo recitals 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