Edgar Highberger

Adjunct Associate Professor of Music/University Organist


I knew that I wanted to be a church musician and teacher very early in my life. At age thirteen, I was playing in church on a regular basis. I was accompanying the various choirs at both the junior and senior high schools, and I was building a library of music, books on music, and recordings. My entire professional life has been devoted to music. I have had over fifty years experience in church music and forty-two years of experience in teaching and performing, and contributing to the cultural life of the Greensburg area. These years as a teacher in the Greensburg-Salem Schools, as a professor at Seton Hill University, and as a Minister of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church have allowed me to develop, crystallize, and intensify my knowledge of music and my communication of that knowledge to people of all ages.


Joined Seton Hill: 1981
Hometown: Greensburg, PA


  • Postgraduate study at Duquesne University Overseas study at the York Minster (Cathedral), York, England/Organ and English Cathedral Music
  • Master of Fine Arts in Organ Performance (Graduate Teaching Fellow) Carnegie Mellon University, 1972
  • Master of Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1968
  • Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1965


  • Of Passions and Callings--a speech given on the occasion of my being named as Seton Hill University's 2005 Professor of the Year was published in the 2006 Spring/Summer issue of the Forward Magazine.


  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers 1998, 2002, 2004
  • Recognized in 1990 for twenty-five years of service as Minister of Music and Organist of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensburg, PA "Awake, My Lute", a choral work by American composer, Jane Marshall, published by Belwin-Mills, was commissioned in my honor. Recognized in 2005 for forty years of service as Minister of Music and Organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Greensburg, PA Recognized in 2002 for twenty-five years of service as piano and organ accompanist for the Westmoreland Choral Society. 2005 Professor of the Year at Seton Hill University Recognized by the Greensburg Cultural Council for Distinguished Contributions to the Arts in the Greensburg Area. Named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Greensburg Chapter of Rotary International (2004)


  • American Guild of Organists (Seton Hill University and Pittsburgh Chapters)
  • Organ and Piano Accompanist (1977 to present) Westmoreland Choral Society, Greensburg, PA Founder, Dean, and Sub Dean Seton Hill University-Westmoreland County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Organ Historical Society, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Chorister's Guild, Presbyterian Association of Musicians


  • Hymn Playing and Creative Hymn Playing--What's New, What's Old in Practical Organ Music for Worship--Music for Advent and Christmas--One Hundred Preludes and Postludes (three sessions)--Quality Music for the Church Soloist--Choral Music for the Church Year--Sir Edward Elgar and His "Vesper Voluntaries"--From the Wesleys to Howells (Lecture/Recital)--Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn Organ Works (Lecture/Recital)


  • Over 100 performances as Accompanist for the Westmoreland Choral Society Yearly Seton Hill University Faculty Recitals Organ Recitals in Colleges and Churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Indiana, and Michigan Organist and Music Director for the Desert Storm Memorial Service telecast world-wide by CNN Numerous recordings as Accompanist of the Westmoreland Choral Society including "This Christmastide" available in compact disc. Compact Disc--The Ministry of Music at The First Presbyterian Church of Greensburg, PA Compact Disc--Songs of the Soul (The Choirs, Soloists, and the Organ of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensburg, PA Compact Disc--Signature Preludes and Postludes (The Organs of First Presbyterian Church and Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA)