Joe Balistreri, a proud citizen of Detroit, Michigan, earned his degrees in Organ Performance at the University of Michigan with Dr. James Kibbie. Recognized for “especially moving” interpretation (The American Organist) and “impressive technique and bristling enthusiasm” (The Diapason), his organ performances include an American Guild of Organists convention, university conferences, and orchestral collaborations. Joe was named one of The Diapason’s 2015 “20 under 30” in the organ and church music field.
Since 2011, Joe is the Director of Music for the Archdiocese of Detroit, serving as a resource and community facilitator for parish musicians and clergy. He is also Director of Music at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, where he directs the choirs and leads the Cathedral Cultural Series (CCS).
In his spare time, Joe enjoys cycling, cooking, surveying architecture, Detroit politics and composing. Joe is particularly proud of starting a choral program at Detroit’s Loyola High School, a school serving at-risk inner-city youth.