Timothy Olsen

I approach teaching organ students from an holistic approach of body awareness and healthful technique, while also guiding them in preparing musical performances through detailed score analysis and connecting the ear to the technical performance of the music. Performing from memory is not mandatory, but is often strongly encouraged and occasionally required for those who would benefit from it. I find an individual approach to each student and how he or she learns the best.

  • Kenan Professor of Organ – UNC School of the Arts
  • Associate Professor of Organ – Salem College
  • Cantor (Organist/Music Director) – Augsburg Lutheran Church, Winston-Salem
  • 12 years of college-level teaching
  • 20+ years of professional church music experience
  • Numerous performances and prizes
  • Two professional CDs
  • Panelist on national pedagogy and AGO conventions
Career Highlights
  • First Prize Winner - 2002 American Guild or Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP); CD recording and two-year concert management contract
  • Competitor/Semifinalist – Norddeutscher Rundfunk Schnitger Competition, Germany, 2000
  • Regional AGO Convention presenter/recitalist in 2009, 2011
  • Organist for choir residencies: Ely Cathedral, 2007; Bristol Cathedral, 2011; St. Paul’s Cathedral (Dublin), 2016
  • Leading the UNCSA organ studio in a study trip to England, December 2014
Awards, Recognitions and Honors
  • 2002 First Prize Winner – 2002 AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance
  • Finalist – Poister National Organ Competition, 1998, 2001
  • Finalist – John Rodland Memorial Organ Competition
  • Dedicatory recitals for seven new/renovated organs
  • Member of Pi Kappa Lambda
  • Member of American Guild of Organists
  • Member of Organ Historical Society
  • Member of Royal School of Church Music

D.M.A. Organ Performance and LiteratureEastman School of Music

M.A. Theory PedagogyEastman School of Music

M.M. Organ Performance and LiteratureEastman School of Music

B.M. Organ PerformanceConcordia College