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Organist, conductor, harpsichordist, educator.

Timothy Howard's playing has been hailed as "precision-cut" and filled with "superb grace and élan" (The Orange County Register). Recognized as both a soloist and collaborator, he is featured regularly on American Guild of Organists (AGO) chapter, community, and church recital and series.

Timothy Howard participated in the Los Angeles AGO's marathon presentations of the complete Organ Symphonies of Charles Marie Widor (playing the monumental Symphony VIII) and César Franck's complete major organ works, each time to an enthusiastic audience of his peers and the public. In 2016 he presented the West Coast premiere of Robert Sirota's Apparitions for organ and string quartet, and was featured organ soloist for the 82nd Los Angeles Bach Festival. For nine seasons, he was the principal keyboard continuo player at the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival, and he has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella group, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the choirs of Long Beach City College, and with Paul Halley in one of the composer's live performances. He played solo pieces and accompanied Hollywood Presbyterian Church's Cathedral Choir on their British Tour, with performances at York Minster and the cathedrals at Lincoln, Durham and Edinburgh. In addition to a number of solo organ recitals each season, his live performances of his organ scores for the silent films Nosferatu and From the Manger to the Cross have become quite popular. In 2006 he was rehearsal accompanist and performance organist for the Angeles Chorale's Lauridsen Weekend under the leadership of Don Neuen and Morten Lauridsen.

A graduate, with honors, from the University of Southern California with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Dr. Howard also holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Biola University.

Dr. Howard is Director of Music and Organist at Pasadena Presbyterian Church and Lecturer in Music at California State University, Northridge.

At Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Dr. Howard directs the congregation's 50-voice Kirk Choir and an auditioned chamber choir, the Pasadena Singers. As Artistic Director of the church's Friends of Music Concert Series, he produces and conducts major choral/instrumental performances, including J.S. Bach's Passion According to St. John and motet Jesu, meine Freude, Handel's Messiah (the complete oratorio), Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater and The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna and Mid-Winter Songs, Requiem settings by W.A. Mozart, Maurice Duruflé, John Rutter and Gabriel Fauré, Joseph Haydn's Paukenmesse (Mass in Time of War), Benjamin Britten's The Company of Heaven and Rejoice in the Lamb, Elizabeth Sellers' Veni Emmanuel, Johannes Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer, and Mozart's Solemn Vespers of the Confessor.

At Cal State University Northridge, Dr. Howard heads the school's organ program, teaches music theory and analysis, musicianship, and other courses, and has conducted the University's Wind Symphony and Women's Chorale.

Since his first professional church job at age 13, Dr. Howard has held a number of noteworthy positions, including Garden Grove Community Church (Assistant Organist), First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood (Organist), and All Saints Church, Pasadena (Associate Organist-Choirmaster). He was Artistic Director of the 65-voice Foothill Master Chorale, and served for some 15 years as Chorusmaster for the Los Angeles Music Theatre Company. In 1998 he made his operatic conducting debut with LAMTC, leading singers and the orchestra in Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne and The Impresario.

In 1999, Dr. Howard was musical adviser and recording artist for the world premiere of The Presentment at the Pasadena Playhouse; a revival was staged at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. His recorded organ scores to accompany the silent films Nosferatu, From the Manger to the Cross, and The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ are widely available. For two seasons he arranged and led the recording of choral music for the HBO series Big Love.

Dr. Howard's work as composer and arranger and performing collaborator can be heard on Christopher Parkening's Simple Gifts (Angel Records), an album of sacred music for guitar; and his string and wind arrangements accompany pop/rock singer Brian Reeves on Never Looking Back (Briro Records). His arrangement of Sourwood Mountain for mixed treble voices (written for the Cal State Northridge Women's Chorale) is the most recently published of his compositions and arrangements.

Dr. Howard has been active in the American Guild of Organists, having served as Dean, Sub-dean, Education Chair and in a number of other roles for local chapters. He served two terms as Regional Councillor, representing Region IX on the organization’s National Council, and has served three times as teacher and recitalist for Pipe Organ Encounters, helping introduce young people to music of the organ. He is a member of the board that oversees the Ruth and Clarence Mader Memorial Scholarship Fund.

For additional information, visit www.timothyphoward.com

Updated September 2017

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