B i o g r a p h y
Rob Hlebinsky (luh-BIN-skee) is an organist and pianist currently living and working in western Michigan. At present, he serves First Presbyterian Church of Grand Haven as organist, choir accompanist, and handbell director. In addition to his church work, Rob is also a freelance musician, entertainer, arranger, and instructor.
Rob is currently available as a recitalist and would be excited to share his unique brand of organ music with your church. Please visit the Contact page to get in touch.
Rob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music where he studied with Dr. Marilyn Keiser.
Prior to his work at First Presbyterian, Rob has also served churches in Indiana, Florida, and Pennsylvania as an organist and choir director. Additionally, he is the accompanist for the Spring Lake choral department and music director for the school’s theater program. He is also an active private instructor.
Rob has been performing solo organ recitals throughout the U.S. since 2003. He has also performed in numerous collaborative concerts. He is a regular performer in several concert series in the West Michigan area, has had the privilege of performing with the West Michigan Concert Winds, and in 2014 performed Josef Rheinberger’s Second Organ Concerto with the Shoreline Symphony of Muskegon, MI. Rob is an active member of the American Guild of Organists and has been a featured performer in his local chapter.
Rob's two main professional goals are to help other organists develop their skills and to bring the pipe organ to new audiences. He has developed and taught several classes aimed at helping new musicians, and presented a workshop on hymn playing for the 2010 Florida State Music Teacher’s Association conference.
Relating to his second goal, Rob has a passion for sharing organ music with as many people as possible. Having tastes in in a wide variety of musical genres, he recognizes that not everyone is a fan of classical music. In 2014, he took an unconventional approach to organ music by arranging popular film music for the organ. His goal is to introduce people to the organ through music that is widely known and loved. Over the past several years his endeavors have expanded into a YouTube channel where he seeks to reach new audiences with music that is recognizable and relatable. Being an avid Disney fan, Rob has focused much of his arranging work on music that comes from both live-action and animated blockbusters such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Frozen. Due to the appeal of Disney movies and music to a broad spectrum of ages and musical tastes, his all-Disney concerts have been well received by audiences. Through this medium, Rob hopes to inspire a new generation of organists, both young and old. As a performer, Rob seeks to make a genuine connection with his audiences and share not just music, but stories and inspiration as well.