"Bruce Neswick brings out the humanity in Bach's music more strongly than your usual recitalist....little short of brilliant in both registrations and execution."
(The Birmingham News, Alabama)
"Mr. Neswick vibrated with belief in both (Messiaen) scores. He was incisive and, as far as one who does not know the music intimately can judge, accurate."
(The New York Times)
As a featured artist at the national American Guild of Organists convention, Seattle WA, 2000: "Bruce Neswick has quite a reputation as an improviser, and it told in his playing (which) had an agreeable spontaneity and plenty of coloristic variety...Neswick's beautifully contoured account made it gratifying....Neswick gave a compelling performance."
(The American Organist)
"Bruce Neswick was marvelous in everything he did here in Houston...In a nutshell, Mr. Neswick was a smashing success!" (Sandria Ward, Houston chapter American Guild of Organists)
"Bruce Neswick's talented performance rewards listeners:...Neswick played strongly, securely and sensitively.... [In his improvisation] The craftsmanship was expert, and there was no lack of flair."
(The Kansas City Star)
"Bruce Neswick was nothing short of marvelous. His recital was flawless."
(Jason Abel, Church of the Nativity, Huntsville, Alabama, presenter)
BRUCE NESWICK is Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon, and was formerly Professor of Music in Organ and Sacred Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Prior to that, he was the Director of Music at the Cathedral of St.John the Divine in New York City, where he directed the Cathedral Choir of Girls, Boys and Adults and had oversight of the musical life of that historic Cathedral.
Active in the field of church music, Mr. Neswick holds the Fellowship degree from the Royal School of Church Music, for whom he has conducted several courses for boy and girl choristers. He has served on the faculties of and performed for several church music conferences, including Master Schola, the Mississippi Conference, the Association of Anglican Musicians, Westminster Choir College Summer Session, the Montreat and Westminster Conferences of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Disciples of Christ Musicians, the Conference of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Sewanee Church Music Conference, Organ Alive! and the Evergreen Conference. In recent months, he has performed at St. Florian Abbey, in Austria, as part of the annual BrucknerFest; at the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative conference; and at the Yale Organ Week.
Mr. Neswick has been commissioned to compose for several performers and churches throughout the United States, and his organ and choral music is published by Paraclete, Augsburg-Fortress, Selah, Vivace, Hope, Plymouth and St. James' presses. A recent anthem was written at the request of Trinity Episcopal Church, Bloomington, on of Dr. Marilyn Keiser’s 25th anniversary as the parish’s Organist-Choirmaster. Mr. Neswick’s skill at improvisation garnered him three first prizes from the 1989 San Anselmo Organ Festival; the 1990 American Guild of Organists' national convention in Boston; and the 1992 Rochette Concours at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland.
A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and of the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, Mr. Neswick’s teachers have included Robert Baker, David Dahl, Gerre Hancock, Margaret Irwin-Brandon and Lionel Rogg. A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, Mr. Neswick has served the Guild in many capacities, including chapter dean, regional convention chair, regional education coordinator, member of the national nominating committee and member of the national improvisation competition committee.
As a recitalist, Mr. Neswick has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe and has been a featured performer at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. In 1994, he played the opening convocation for the national AGO convention held in Dallas, Texas, and he was a featured artist at the national AGO conventions in Seattle (in 2000) and Washington, DC (in 2010).