Joe Balistreri - Director of Music

Joe Balistreri

Joe Balistreri of Detroit earned his degrees in Organ Performance at the University of Michigan. Recognized for “especially moving” interpretation (The American Organist) and “impressive technique and bristling enthusiasm” (The Diapason), his organ performances include American Guild of Organists and National Association of Pastoral Musicians conventions, university conferences, and orchestral collaborations. Joe was named one of The Diapason’s 2015 “20 under 30” in the organ and church music field. In 2016, Joe was appointed visiting lecturer of Gregorian chant and organ at the University of Michigan.


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 these roles, Joe has had the pleasure of leading the Archdiocesan Chorus and festival choirs to Rome, collaborating with the Sistine Chapel Choir during their 2017 visit to Detroit, and hosting the world’s finest musicians for concerts and liturgies.