Dr. Brian Pfoltner was appointed Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, NE in the fall of 2006. In this position he oversees the entire music program, directs the adult choir and bell choir, and various instrumental groups, and directed the creation of the Arts for the Soul—Music & Fine Arts Series at First Presbyterian, serving as its artistic and executive director since its founding in the fall of 2007. Since its creation, Arts for the Soul has presented 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, Dr. Pfoltner 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.
Dr. Pfoltner received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995. Brian also holds degrees from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, and Morningside College, Sioux City, IA. Prior to beginning work at UNL, he was on the music faculty at Colby (KS) Community College. Brian was also a part-time music instructor at Concordia University in Seward from 1993 to 2009, directing various ensembles as well as teaching classes and applied lessons.
From 1993 to 2006 Brian was a member of the music program at First-Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln, serving as composer/arranger-in-residence and assistant conductor, as well as playing trumpet in the Plymouth Brass. His first recording, “Light From Out of Darkness”, was released in 2007, and contains many of his compositions and arrangements in live performances at First-Plymouth Church. Dr. Pfoltner also founded and conducted the Plymouth Youth Ensemble, an instrumental student group which grew from 12 to more than 65 members during his time there.
While in Lincoln Brian has performed with such groups as the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble, Lincoln Municipal Band, and the Third Chair Chamber Players. He is also a past conductor of the Lincoln Community Concert Band.