Dr. Brian Pfoltner

Brian oversees the entire music program at First Presbyterian and directs the adult choir, bell choir, and various instrumental groups.  He directed the creation of the Arts for the Soul — Music & Fine Arts Series at First Presbyterian, and has served as its artistic and executive director since its founding in the fall of 2007. Arts for the Soul presents a wide range of high-quality arts events for the community, including classical, crossover and world music, modern dance, Celtic music and dance, and silent films with live accompaniment.

As a composer and arranger, Brian has written and arranged many works for a wide variety of choral and instrumental ensembles. In 2008 he was awarded the Nebraska Arts Council’s Distinguished Achievement Award for musical composition, the highest award given by that organization for individual artists. In December of 2013 his work “And the Word Became Flesh” was the opening work on the “Christmas at Luther” concerts at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. In 2014 he was again awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship in composition from the Nebraska Arts Council.

Brian received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995.  Brian has performed with such groups as the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Brass, Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble, Lincoln Municipal Band, and the Third Chair Chamber Players. He is also a past conductor of the Lincoln Community Concert Band.